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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Professor Lisa Hall is Professor of Analytical Biotechnology. She leads Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology (CAB) group.

In 2015, Elizabeth (Lisa) was the recipient of a CBE for her services to Higher Education and to Sport for the Disabled. She was the first female professor of Queens' College and in 2013, was appointed Vice-President, serving until 2018. She was also Tutor for undergraduate and graduate students at Queens' from 1988-2022. Lisa has also been a member of St John's College, Cambridge since 1987.

In 2001 she was  awarded the Pilkington Prize for her work on transEuropean postgraduate courses in Molecular Sensor Technology and in 2008 she co-founded CamBridgeSens, a strategic vision to bridge sensor research activities across the University of Cambridge. She became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Instrument Makers in 2020 and became a Freeman of the City of London in 2019. She was awarded DSc honoris causa from the University of Chichester in 2018, in recognition of contribution to science, widening participation in sport and disability – and as a role model for women in science and engineering.

Lisa won the Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Analytical Division) in 2005 and the Alec Hough-Grassby Memorial Award from the Institute of Measurement and Control in 2009. In 2019 she was awarded the SNU-Dongjin Distinguished Lectureship and in 2020 she received the Oxburgh Medal for outstanding contribution to measurement, instrumentation and control in the field of environmental science and engineering.

Lisa has also served as Vice President of the Analytical Division of Royal Society of Chemistry (2006–08) and held the Queen Victoria Eugenia Anglo-Hispanic Chair in 2005.

After earning her PhD, Hall spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire d'Electrochimie in Clermont, France (1977–1978) and the Institut für Organische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, in Mainz, Germany (1978–1980). From 1980 to 1981 she worked as a Senior Analyst for Bernard Dyer and Partners in London. Later that year, Lisa was recruited by the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford to work on blood and anaesthetic gas sensors.

In 1985 Lisa took up a 'New Blood' Lecturership in Biosensors in the University of Cambridge and from 1988 to 2004 also became a Lecturer in Natural Sciences at Queens' College Cambridge. In 1999 she became a Reader in Analytical Science in the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge and since 2003 has served as Professor of Analytical Biotechnology. From 2010 - 2018 Hall served as the Deputy Head (Research) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She was Head of Department from 2018 - 2020.

Professor of Analytical Biotechnology
Professor Lisa Hall

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Person keywords: 
protein engineering
analytical biotechnology