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Dr Max Cardenas-Fernandez
Bernard Katz Building
Biochemical Engineering Department - UCL
  • Research Associate in Metagenomics & Genomic Enzyme Mining for Transaminases
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science


Research Summary

Max is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL. He graduated from Autonoma of Barcelona University with a PhD in Applied Biotechnology. His doctoral research focused on developing biocatalytic processes for the synthesis of amino compound, as part of the “EngBioCat” ERA-IB project. 
Max joined UCL in 2013 to work with Prof Gary Lye in the EPSRC project (EP/K014897/1) for the valorization of sugar beet pulp within a biorefinery context. He is currently working in the European project TRALAMINOL (Grant N° 722361) with Prof John Ward as PI. Here, he is working on the discovery of novel enzymes such as transaminases and tranketolases for their application in the synthesis of aminopolyols. 
Max’s main area of expertise is in bioprocessing for the valorisation of biomass feedstocks, such as sugar beet pulp, spent brewery grain, DDGS, vinasse and microalgae. He has worked for many years in biocatalysis with major eversion applied to pharmaceuticals and biorefineries.

Teaching Summary
Max contributes in the delivery of lectures in the course “Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries” addressed to MSc and MEng lead by Dr Frank Baganz, specifically in biomass pretreatment focused on biological methods. He also collaborates with Dr Brenda Parker in scenario-based learning exercises within the second year, as well as main demonstrator for the Biochemistry for Biochemical Engineers Practicals with Prof John Ward. 

Academic Background
2012   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
2008   Master National University of San Marcos
2005   Bachelor of Science National University of San Marcos
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