Dr Eirini Velliou brings her expertise in biochemical engineering to Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.
Dr Velliou has long been fascinated with the ways that cells react under non-optimal (ie stressful) environmental conditions. Based on the study of the impact of environmental stress stimuli on different biological systems such as human, microbial and micro-algae cells, her research has exciting implications for the evolution of cancer treatment and for the accurate design of emerging industrial sterilisation technologies, as well as for the optimisation of biofuel production.
"I hope that I can bring a new flavour to the Department...bridging the gap between classical chemical engineering and biochemical engineering."
Taking up her post as Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering from 1 September, Dr Velliou will be teaching undergraduate and Masters students, lecturing modules in advanced chemical and biological reaction engineering, separation processes (bio-separations), scientific fundamentals (introduction to biological engineering) and biomass processing technology.
Dr Velliou has previously held post-doctoral research associate posts at both Imperial College London, where she specialised in research in stem cell and leukaemic cell bioengineering under stress, and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium, where she focused on micro-algae biotechnology. She originally studied chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece before undertaking a PhD in predictive microbiology at the Department of chemical engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium.
Following her move to Surrey, Dr Velliou will continue to further her research in the fields of human, microbial and micro-algae cell reaction, working in partnership with other faculties within the university, other academic institutions and hospitals in the UK as well as the European research community.
She said, “I am particularly looking forward to working with Professor Karen Kirkby at the University’s Ion Beam Centre, looking at the impact of proton therapy on cancer evolution. In parallel, I would like to develop a lab dedicated to microbiological studies.
“The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering here at Surrey is very well-established and robust. I hope that I can bring a new flavour to the Department both in terms of research and teaching, bridging the gap between classical chemical engineering and biochemical engineering.”
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