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Dr James Allen
3.01
Bernard Katz Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 02076793796
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography
James completed an undergraduate Masters degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford in 2010, and continued there to undertake a doctoral degree with Prof. Judith Armitage in bacterial chemotaxis. This work involved a significant amount of computational modelling and protein engineering leading to an interest in synthetic biology and biochemical engineering. As a result,  James took up a position as a synthetic biologist for the chemicals industry, researching sustainable routes to chemicals production. During this post he played a significant part in strategy devlopment for the company and took on additional work involved in the business side of the research. He is founder and president of the UCL Clarke Society, a departmental society set up to provide guidance to UCL Biochemical Engineering postdoctoral research associates (PDRAs), teaching fellows (TFs), and research and facilities staff (RAFT) to maximise the results of their work and maximise their employability. He sits on the BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers postdoctoral subgroup and is a member of the Central and Middlesex local section committee for the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Research Themes
Research Summary
James is a postdoctoral research associate working with Prof. John Ward on the InnovateUK project ConBioChem. The aim of this research is to develop technology and processes to enable cost-effective routes to biological production of commodity chemicals. He is developing stabilised genetic production vectors that will maintain the production of genes for chemical production and so allow continuous fermentation of bacteria for chemical production, without the need for antibiotics.
Teaching Summary
James has demonstrated on first year practicals for Molecular Biology since 2017 and has been a lecturer at Masters degree level for the MRes Synthetic Biology course. During his DPhil at the University of Oxford, he demonstrated for practicals of undergraduates in all year groups, taught first year undergraduate classes in biological chemistry and led tutorials in bacterial chemotaxis.
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