Dr Daniel Frankel
Senior Lecturer


I lecture thermodynamics (to undergraduate chemical engineers). My research focuses on applying engineering technology to understand and treat disease. In particular I do the following

  1. Engineer viruses for vaccine and drug delivery applications
  2. Interface living systems with machines
  3. Use microfluidic systems to capture and understand cancer cells under flow conditions
  4. Develop an artificial extracellular matrix for medical applications
  5. Poke, prod, and pull biomolecules in order to understand how they attach to each other
I also have more than a passing interest in the origins of life on Earth.

My publications/citations information can be found at: 

Google Scholar Profile for Dr Daniel Frankel


BEng (First Class) Queen Mary, University of London  [Subject - Bioengineering]

PhD University of St-Andrews, Scotland [ Thesis topic - crystal templated assembly of nucleic acid bases,related to origins of life on Earth]

Previous Positions

Postdoc Weizmann Institute

Postdoc University of Cambridge

Postdoc Sandia National Labs, USA


British Biophysical Society

Royal Society of Chemistry

Institute of Physics

Informal Interests

Electronics - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Robotics

Science Fiction


Research Interests 

Soft matter physics

Polymer physics

Protein mechanics

Cell membrane structure and function

Viral infection

Origins of Life

Postgraduate Supervision


PhD Student - Hani Salam

PhD Student - Bilal Mushafar

PhD Student - Peter Cassidy


PhD Student - Natalie Adams

PhD Student - Orr Yarkoni

PhD Student - Darman Nordin

MPhil  Student - Ana Penaherrera 

Postdoc - Lynn Donlon 


EPSRC/NSF Grant - "Cyberplasm" £301,000

EPSRC Grant "Surface Nanostructures For The Study of Biomolecular Recognition,Chirality And Crystal Growth" Principal Investigator, value £298,000

Undergraduate Teaching


Thermodynamics Stage 1

Thermodynamics stage 2

Design Project

Research Project


Fluid Mechanics Stage 1

Crystallization Stage 3

Biomaterials Stage 3/4