Stefanie Frank

Lecturer in Synthetic Biology/ MBI Module Leader Vaccine Bioprocess Development and Commercialisation @ University College London

Stefanie is a Lecturer in Synthetic Biology at the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL). She graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London. During her postdoctoral training and as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Kent she has largely focused on the characterisation and engineering of bacterial protein microcompartments for the construction of novel nano-bioreactors. Since then Stefanie’s work has moved on to molecular design of virus-like particle vaccines (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease) and structure-product analytics as part of a multidisciplinary team of the UCL/Oxford-led Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub) which works to address major challenges facing vaccine manufacturing and deployment. In addition, Stefanie is part of a Global Challenges Research Fund project with Thailand supporting the yeast bioprocess development for the production of animal vaccine against porcine circovirus. She is also investigating bacterial nano-compartments as modular platforms for cancer immunotherapy.