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Prof Daniel Bracewell
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  • Professor of Bioprocess Analysis
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Daniel G. Bracewell is Professor of Bioprocess Analysis at the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering. He has made major contributions to fundamentally understanding the recovery of biological products. Generating over £10 million in research funds including collaborations with Thailand, India and the USA. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles in the area to date and currently supervises 15 doctoral and postdoctoral projects, many of these studies are in collaboration with industry. One such project was the basis from which the spinout Puridify was created. It was acquired by GE Healthcare (now Cytiva) in 2017.

Research Summary

Research is focused on the manufacture of biological products that are of therapeutic, diagnostic and industrial value to society.

Selected major grants:

Pall Corporation (2018-2024) "Pall Centre of Excellence"

BBSRC (2017-2021) "GCRF Establishment of Biopharmaceutical and Animal Vaccine Production Capacity in Thailand and Neighbouring South East Asian Countries" in collaboration with Imperial College and University of Kent.

EPSRC (2018-2021) "The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub)" in collaboration with University of Oxford.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2016-2021) "Grand Challenges funding for Innovation in Vaccine Manufacturing for Global Markets" in collaboration with MIT and University of Kansas.

EPSRC (2017-2023) "Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub" in collaboration with Warwick, Manchester, Imperial, Loughborough universities.

EPSRC (2014-2017) "Creation of a process understanding of chromatographic performance loss during biotherapeutic manufacture: A UK-India partnership" in collaboration with IIT Delhi.

Editorial Boards of the following journals:

Biotechnology & Bioengineering

IChemE Food and Bioproducts Processing

Microbial Cell Factories


Teaching Summary

Current teaching activities span undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. I direct the MSc Design Project, and teach on Downstream Processing and Mass Transfer courses. Additionally I lead three post-experience MBI training modules in Chromatography, Process and Facility Design.

External Examiner roles as follows:

- MEng Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, University College Dublin (2016 – 2020)

- MSc Bioprocess Engineering, Brunel University London (2019 – 2023)

- MSc Biotechnology and Bioengineering, University of Kent (2014 – 2018)

Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1994   Bachelor of Science (Honours) Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
1995   Master of Science University College London
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