Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr Dana Ofiteru

Senior Lecturer


I have joined Newcastle University in 2014 as a Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering. I am a classically trained chemical engineer and a modeller of biological systems with a track record of work modelling the engineered biological processes at the level of the metabolism, the individual and the ecosystem. My research and professional ambitions lay at the intersection of (bio)chemical and environmental engineering. Engineered biological systems are the core of many available technologies, whilst biology has enormous and unfulfilled technological potential for inherently sustainable technologies. The changes brought by the emerging and disruptive technologies of The Fourth Industrial Revolution are significant and they come at an exponential pace. Now even more than before, mathematical modelling, grounded in an experimental reality, is of central strategic importance. My vision is to use simulation-based design to predict and engineer the emergent properties of (open) microbial systems.

Though primarily a modeller, I also have wet lab experience both “at the bench” and in a supervisory capacity, including bioreactor operation and molecular biology techniques.


2009 – 2014         Lecturer, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Chemical Engineering Department

2007 – 2009         Research Associate, Newcastle University, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences,

Marie Curie experienced researcher, ECOSERV project

2006 – 2009         Assistant professor, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Chemical Engineering Department



2002 – 2006       PhD, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Chemical Engineering Department

Thesis topic: Optimal control strategies for biochemical processes


2002 – 2003       MSc, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Chemical Engineering Department

Specialization: Utilization of Computers in Biochemical & Chemical Engineering


1997 – 2002       MEng, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Chemical Engineering Department

Specialization: Biochemical Engineering (valedictorian)



Water Research (IWA); The ISME Journal; PlosOne; Chemosphere; Nature Communications; Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports



  • (PI) EPSRC Standard Grant "Engineering Microbial-Induced Carbonate Precipitation via Meso-Scale Simulations", EP/S013997/1, 2019 - 2022
  • (Co-I) EPSRC Frontier Grant “Simulation of open engineered biologicalsystems”, led by Newcastle University, Grant ref EP/K038648 http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nufeb/, 2013 - 2019
  • (PI) TE project UEFISCDI Romania, Dynamics of Escherichia coli population transformed to express archeal heterologous protein S-layer, 2013 – 2016, (€150k)
  • (PI) FLOMAS, Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant (FP7/2007-2013 no. 256440), 2010 – 2013, (€45k), http://flomas.chim.upb.ro   
  • (PI) PD project UEFISCSU Romania, PN II-RU 29/09.08.2010, 2010 – 2012, (€80k), http://mostran.chim.upb.ro



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CME2022 Separation Processes I

CME3034 Biosafety

CME3039 Plant Design

CME8120 Advanced Design