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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 - Applied Biotechnology - Module leader (level 7)

Funding Applications and Awards

Current funding:

  • PI on The Good Food Institute (https://www.gfi.org/researchgrants ) – ‘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) (https://lifetime-cdt.org/); 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!

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
Email: m.hanga@aston.ac.uk
Room: MB433F

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Award Date: 7 Jan 2019

PhD, Loughborough University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2014

External positions

BESIG Travel Bursary Secretary

Nov 2018 → …

BESIG committee member

Nov 2017 → …

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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Meeting abstract
  • 1 Review article

Automation in cell and gene therapy manufacturing: from past to future

Moutsatsou, P., Ochs, J., Schmitt, R. H., Hewitt, C. J. & Hanga, M. P., 1 Nov 2019, In : Biotechnology Letters. 41, 11, p. 1245-1253 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • Qualitative and quantitative demonstration of bead-to-bead transfer with bone marrow-derived human mesenchymal stem cells on microcarriers: utilising the phenomenon to improve culture performance

    Rafiq, Q. A., Ruck, S., Hanga, M. P., Heathman, T. R. J., Coopman, K., Nienow, A. W., Williams, D. J. & Hewitt, C., 15 Jul 2018, In : Biochemical Engineering Journal. 135, p. 11-21

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Dry eye following cataract surgery: The effect of light exposure using an in-vitro model

    Ipek, T., Hanga, M. P., Hartwig, A., Wolffsohn, J. & O’donnell, C., 7 Dec 2017, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 41, 1, p. 128-131

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Engineering considerations on the use of liquid/liquid two-phase systems as a cell culture platform

    Murasiewicz, H., Nienow, A. W., Hanga, M. P., Coopman, K., Hewitt, C. J. & Pacek, A. W., 7 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 92, 7, p. 1690-1698

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Expansion of bone marrow-derived human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (hMSCs) using a two-phase liquid/liquid system

    Hanga, M., Murasiewicz, H., Pacek, A. W., Nienow, A. W., Coopman, K. & Hewitt, C., 7 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 92, 7, p. 1577-1589

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access