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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Latest issue of the department newsletter

The current issue of CEB Focus, the newsletter of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, has just been launched. CEB Focus is published three times a year and aims to showcase department teaching and research activities and achievements to the outside world.

In this issue the Cover Article describes the topping out ceremony for our new department building in West Cambridge with the latest building progress update from construction firm Morgan Sindall.

Graduate Hub tells of recent academic interview with BBC radio ‘Naked Scientists’ discussing ways to protect biological things through harsh environments. Teaching Matters shares recent changes to Tripos Part IIB syllabus and wonderful news about the new addition of MRes in Sensor Technologies to the CEB Programme portfolio. Its Programme Manager Dr Oliver Hadeler talks about sensor technology in CEB Innovation.

Research Highlights presents research projects by talented young researchers including CEB prize winner, our very own Fanny Yueng (Colloids and Cell Organism Engineering Group) with ‘Life in Extreme Environments: The Role of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Under Conditions of Abiotic Stress’. Industry Business tells about Shell, one of our Teaching Consortium Member of Companies, and their support of CEB students and teaching activities.

Achievements worth noting are the recent academic promotions of Dr Axel Zeitler and Dr Sarah Rough and the success of CEB students’ business ideas at CUE £5K Grand Finale. Our Research Feature presents an account of the birth of the Portable Extensional Rheometer device idea in Borneo from a conversation about Rheology in college.

Finally, Alumni Corner announces the ‘Amy Li’s Memorial Fund’ recently set up by DNV-GL in honour of our deceased alumna

If you’d like to contribute to a future issue please contact the Editorial Team on for more information. The deadline for content for the next issue is 5 December 2015.

Latest news

Dr Ioanna Mela awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre

4 June 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela, a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Laser Analytics Group with Prof Clemens Kaminski, has been awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre, 3rd Proof of Concept Call, to investigate the potential of DNA nanostructures against oral biofilms.

New insight into protein misfolding could open up novel approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease

4 June 2020

A cross-institutional team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have uncovered a link between the structure of the protein alpha-synuclein and its likelihood to misfold and aggregate.

New paper on DNA nanostructures as a tool for targeted antimicrobial delivery

1 May 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela’s paper on DNA nanostructures that can specifically target bacteria has been published by Angewandte Chemie.