Petra Hanga

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    Research Interests

    My research interests address two distinct grand challenges:

    1) healthcare, by developing future therapies that will minimise the economic and social burden of an aging population;

    2) food and nutrition for health, by advancing clean meat technologies that ultimately will enable  a radical shift away from factory farmed animal products.


    01/2017 - present: Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

    01/2014 - 12/2017: Postdoctoral research associate, BBSRC BRIC, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Associate Member of the IChemE (AMIChemE)

    Professional/editorial offices

    Biotechnology Letters - editorial board

    Journal of Biotechnology 



    Biochemical Engineering Subject Interest Group (BESIG) IChemE - Committee Member and Travel Awards Secretary


    Teaching Activity

    BY2BT2 - Biotechnology - Module leader (level 5)

    BY3BT1 - Bioprocessing of Therapeutics - Module leader (level 6)

    BE3BRM - Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine - Module leader (level 6)

    BI4110/BI4ABT - Applied Biotechnology - Module leader (level 7)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    Current funding:

    • PI on The Good Food Institute ( ) – ‘Advancing the production of clean beef towards commercialisation’; $210,088; 18 months; Co-I – Prof Christopher J Hewitt; Awarded March 2019.
    • Co-I on BBSRC (BB/S00324X/1)- ‘Active Extracellular Vesicles – defining a novel, extracellular metabolic compartment and its role in the control of inflammation’; £766,218; 36 months; PI: Prof Andrew Devitt; Awarded June 2018.
    • Member of the operational group - Equality and Diversity working group on the EPSRC Joint Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine (EP/S008950/1) (; PI: Prof MJ Dalby; Awarded April 2019.


    Previous funding:

    • Project manager on Horizon 2020 project (grant agreement 667932) - ‘AUTOSTEM - Development of closed, scalable and AUTOmated robotic systems for therapeutic STEM cell manufacturing: aseptic systems from Donor-to-Patient’; ~£500k; 36 months; PI: Dr Q Rafiq; Co-I: Prof CJ Hewitt and Em. Prof AW Nienow.


    • 2019 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • 2018 – 1st prize Speakers Corner awarded by the European Federation of Biotechnology at the Bioprocess Engineering Course, Bol, Brac, Croatia
    • 2017 – 1st EBTNA award for Best Oral presentation at the European Biotechnology Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • 2017 – 3rd prize for Best Poster at the 1st Eppendorf Stem Cell Community Day, Hamburg, Germany
    • 2015 – Invited speaker at the Cell Therapy Manufacturing and Gene Therapy Congress, RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 2012 -Best Oral Contribution at the XX International Conference on Bioencapsulation, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
    • 2010 – Full bursary for “Roche Continents” Arts and Science, Salzburg, Austria
    • 2009 - Full PhD scholarship, EPSRC DTC in Regenerative Medicine, UK

    PhD Supervision

    I am currently accepting and looking for PhD candidates interested in the clean meat (or cellular agriculture) field for a start in October 2020. If interested, please get in touch!


    Current PhD students:

    • Mr Fritz de la Raga - 'Bioprocess development for production of neural precursor cells from iPSCs'
    • Ms Megan Boseley - 'Scale Up and In-Vitro Testing of Exosomes for Regenerative Medicine Applications'

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    I am interested and opened for collaborations in any of the following research areas: bioprocessing of stem cells, scale-up, clean meat (cellular agriculture).

    Contact Details

    Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3161
    Room: MB433F

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 7 Jan 2019

    PhD, Loughborough University

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2014

    External positions

    Webinar organiser - Commercialising industrial biotechnology

    Jun 2020 → …

    Member of the equality, diversity and inclusion committee for the lifETIME CDT

    Oct 2019 → …

    BESIG Travel Bursary Secretary

    Nov 2018 → …

    Organising committee member for the BESIG IChemE Young Researchers Meeting - Darlington, UK

    Sep 2018 → …

    BESIG committee member

    Nov 2017 → …


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