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Dr Marco Marques
6.12 Bernard Katz Building
Department of Biochemical Engineering
Gordon Street
Tel: 020 7679 9667
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  • Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering
  • Dept of Biochemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Marco is a Lecturer at UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering and Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE). 

He obtained his PhD from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, 2010) in Lisbon, Portugal, focusing on the application of small scale devices to carry out steroid bioconversions. During his post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (Lisbon, Portugal, 2010-2013) he established the use of marine bacteria to produce secondary metabolites before joining Professor Nicolas Szita’s group at the Department of Biochemical Engineering (UCL) in 2013 to develop microscale bioprocessing techniques. 

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Research Summary

Marco's main contributions are to Industrial Biotechnology and focus on Sustainable Bioreaction Engineering principles to synthesise value-added chemicals and pharmaceuticals.  

He has an established track record in engineering and scale-up/down of fermentation and biocatalytic processes. He has particular interest in the translation of traditional biocatalytic reactions (single-step and multi-step) and reactors into flow systems. 

Teaching Summary

Marco's teaching activities span all years of the various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes operated by the department. At undergraduate level he teaches Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses (Year 1) and Introduction to Biochemical Engineering Processing and Design (Year 1). He also lectures on Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses (Year 2), Biochemical Reaction Engineering (Year 3), and in the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme modules Design and Professional Skills (Year 1). 

At Master level he contributes to Bioprocess Microfluidics (Year 4). 

At the post-experience level, he is involved in the MBI® training module Rapid Fermentation Process Design and lectures in the EUROMBR training course on Innovative Microbioreactor Applications in Bioprocess Development

JAN-2019 – DEC-2019 Senior Teaching Fellow Biochemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
OCT-2017 – DEC-2018 Teaching Fellow Biochemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
OCT-2013 – SEP-2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate Biochemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
APR-2011 – JUL-2013 Invited Assistant Professor Faculty of Engineering ULHT, Portugal
FEB-2010 – SEP-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher   Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Portugal
Academic Background
2010   Doctor of Philosophy Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
2004   Licenciatura Universidade Lusofona
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