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Dr Emily Kostas
Room 2.04 Bernard Katz Building
Department of Biochemical Engineering
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 02076792899 (ext: 32899)
Appointment
  • Research Fellow
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Emily is a BBSRC Discovery Fellow in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL, having started in early 2019. She is also a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and the British Phycological Society.

Prior to this, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Chemical Engineering Department at The University of Nottingham (2016 - late 2018) working on a number of different industry-funded projects that involved thermally processing biomass feedstocks using microwave energy for biofuel and agri-feed production.

Emily obtained an MSci (Hons) degree in Genetics (2012) and a PhD in Bioscience (Bioenergy; 2016) both awarded from The University of Nottingham.

Research Summary

Emily's research interests revolve around the design, performance and analysis of a range of different biomass processing technologies and valorisation procedures for recovering and producing valuable products from different feedstocks and waste streams. Above all, her research vision to establish macroalgae (seaweed) as an important UK-based sustainable resource and to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly UK seaweed bio-refinery processes for foods, fuels and pharmaceuticals.

The aim of her BBSRC Discovery Fellowship is to develop novel products from the highly abundant UK seaweed Laminaria digitata based on a more detailed understanding of cell wall structure and function, for applications in the food, pharma and fuel industries. More specifically, Emily focuses her research on gaining a better understanding of the inherent seaweed polysaccharide associations within the cell wall and how their applications may vary across different UK industries.

Academic Background
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Bioscience University of Nottingham
2012 MSc (Hons) Master of Science (Honours) – Genetics University of Nottingham
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