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Some of the best and most exciting research arises when the need to solve real life problems drives the development of new methodology. In a climate where applications for research funding increasingly need to demonstrate economic rather than scientific impact, we need to get closer to industry. CPACT provides an excellent route for this.  

Professor Tom Fearn

About University College London

The Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL has a varied portfolio of research activities and expertise including Down Stream Processing (DSP), micro-scale processes, Synthetic Biology, Cell Therapy and Industrial Biotechnology. UCLBE research spans fundamental studies through to their application and impact on clinical and commercial practice. The Department has a strong focus in creating novel engineering solutions to underpin future biomanufacturing operations across a range of sectors. These are combined with modelling tools to predict ultimate large scale performance and their economic and environmental impact.Over 75% of the Department’s research projects are collaborative with industry and all address strategically significant issues, frequently on a truly global scale. This close working relationship with industry provides unparalleled opportunities for research teams to tackle long term problems with leaders in the sector and is a hallmark of the UCL approach.

The Department of Statistical Science is one of the largest and strongest Statistics departments in the UK, with a wide range of research interests, both methodological and applied.Particular strengths lie in the fields of computational statistics, especially at the interface between Statistics and machine learning, in Bayesian methodology, and in data science or “big data”, with several staff having close links with the new Alan Turing Institute.  Among the many application areas of current interest are chemometrics, (with a particular interest in spectroscopy) biostatistics, the environment, energy, sport and finance. 

CPACT related research interests

  • Genome Scale Metabolic Models and Metabolic Engineering
  • Parameter Estimation from sparse and noisy data
  • (Global) Sensitivity Analysis and its application on bioprocess & metabolic models
  • Monte-Carlo Techniques for the elucidation of cellular/metabolic behaviour
  • Linear and Mixed-Integer Linear Programming
  • Development of metabolically balanced feeding regimes for (semi-) continuous bioprocesses
  • Design of Experiments
  • Bayesian methods
  • Multivariate calibration
  • Applied statistics (in areas including food and agriculture, analytical chemistry and medicine)
  • Near infrared spectroscopy, and the ‘chemometric’ methodology that has been developed by Prof. Tom Fearn to deal with the high-dimensional data that arises from this and similar applications.

General contact information

Telephone + 44 (0) 20 7679 9538
Web http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biochemeng
Web https://www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics

CPACT contact information

Please note that this contact information is for CPACT related enquiries only.

Dr Alexandros Kiparissides

Professor Tom Fearn

Professor Tom Fearn
Telephone + 44 (0) 20 7679 1873
email t.fearn@ucl.ac.uk
Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics/people/tomfearn

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