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Professor Nigel K.H. Slater FREng, FIChemE

Professor Nigel K.H. Slater, FREng, FIChemE

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office Phone: 01223 762953

Research Themes

Biotechnology Cluster:

Research Interests

My research focus is on the manufacture and formulation of biopharmaceuticals including therapeutic proteins, DNA, viruses and cells.   My current research work is on the design and manufacture of AAV gene vectors and nanoparticles for ocular therapy. I also research procedures to improve the preservation of cells and especially pancreatic islets for the treatment of diabetes.

I enjoy wide international collaborations, particularly in China as a Qiushi Chair Professor at the University of Zhejiang and an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Tianjin and Sichuan.

Other Professional Activities

I advise on biosimilar manufacturing and formulation issues as an expert witness, recently to resist injunctions in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria and to revoke a patent in Germany and at the Korean patent office.

I previously worked in bioprocessing for Unilever Research in the Netherlands and Wellcome Research in the UK and was a non-executive director of Cobra Bio-Manufacturing plc. 



  • vaccines
  • drug delivery
  • gene therapy
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • superparamagnetic
  • nanoparticles
  • formulation
  • affinity separations
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