Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy




Bioprocessing is one of our 10 main research themes. Find out about what we do, and which members of staff are involved.

Bioprocessing has been a mainstay of biotechnology for many years. Biological systems have been used to research, develop, manufacture, and commercialise a wide range of products. 

These include other industrially important chemicals such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • enzymes 
  • biofuels

 One of the challenges of bioprocessing is the scaling up of lab-based systems to industrial scale production

Synthetic Biology offers approaches to enhance the efficiency of these processes. It is important to understand the intended large-scale production approach in the design of synthetic biological systems.

Find out about our research theme staff members.


Find out which members of staff are involved in the Bioprocessing research theme.

Dr Phillip Aldridge
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3218

Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson
Professor of Emerging Technology, Co-Director of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5926

Dr Richard Daniel
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3239

Professor Jeff Errington FMedSci FRS
Director of the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3235

Professor Colin Harwood
Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3221

Professor Jeremy Lakey
Professor of Structural Biochemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8865

Dr James Stach
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4813

Professor Waldemar Vollmer
Prof of Bacterial Biochemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3216

Professor Nikolay Zenkin
Professor of Molecular Biology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3227