• School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering (ISE), College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Two studentships available, see below for details.

    19972021

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    Available PhD Studentships

    'Bioactive glass microcarriers for the expansion and recovery of hMSCs for the treatment of pseudarthrosis following Adult Spine Deformity surgery'
    Fully funded 4 year project in collaboration with the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
    https://lifetime-cdt.org/project-page/
    https://aston.box.com/s/1q92h7oo5r76n5omwpmhq84bxt5l93gx

    'Antimicrobial polymer/bioglass nanofibers for chronic wound management' Fully funded 3 year project https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/phd-engineering-and-applied-science

    Biography

    I obtained my first degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). I then did a one-year MSc in Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), followed by two years research under the supervision of Prof Peter Dunnill (OBE). I won a Marie Curie Research Training Grant and moved to the Center for Process Biotechnology (CPB) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where I obtained my PhD degree in Biotechnology. In 2002 I took up the position of Senior R&D scientist and Purification team leader at the Pharmaceutical company ALPHARMA (now Xellia Pharmaceuticals), before returning back to the UK as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and then Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. I joined Aston in November 2015.

    Research Interests

    • New and improved support materials and systems for efficient separation and purification of high value biotherapeutics and human cells.
    • Fabrication and characterisation of cryogel monoliths and electrospun nanofibers for cell & gene therapy and tissue engineering.
    • Novel microcarriers for cutlured meat production.

    Qualifications

    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    • PhD in Biotechnology
    • MSc in Biochemical Engineering
    • MEng in Chemical Engineering

    PhD Supervision

    W. Joseph A. Homer - Project title: 'Affinity selection systems for intraoperative cell salvage'.

    Benjamin Dages - Project title: 'Novel microcarriers for scalable clean meat production'.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • The Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professors Scheme (Academic Champion) (October 2019-July 2022).
    • The Royal Society International Exchanges Award. Value: £11,712 (March 2019-February 2021).
    • EPSRC AMR4AMR seedcorn fund - 'Novel poly(butylene succinate) fibre dressing with naturally sourced antimicrobial agents for burn wound treatment'. Value: £33,150 (Completed 2018).
    • EPSRC AMR4AMR seedcorn fund - 'Critical points in the pathway of antibiotic prescribing in the hospital setting; the antibiotic mapping of prescribing (ABMAP) study'. Value: £23,149 (Completed 2018).
    • Bioprocessing Research Industry Club/BBSRC Grant (BB/I017143/1) - ‘Developing generic scalable selection methods for human therapeutic cells’. Value: £189,000 (Completed 2015).

    Teaching Activity

    Design and Build (CE1002)

    Transfer Processes (CE2004) - Module Leader

    Advanced Process Design Project (CE3003)

    Research Project (CE4011) - Module Leader

    Downstream Processing for Biotechnology Products (CE4027) - Module Leader

    Administrative Roles

    Member of the University Senate

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 4702 
    Email: e.theodosiou@aston.ac.uk 
    Room number: MB134

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