About the Project
The plant-sourced and animal-sourced proteins are carbon-intensive, resource-demanding, and vulnerable to pandemic impacts. This combined with increasing protein demands and pandemic of hunger highlight the challenges on providing sustainable solutions to protein security.
Microbial proteins produced under controlled bioreactors with optimisation-aided design enable rapid technology advancement for future protein security without compromising environmental sustainability. A good example is Quorn mycoprotein derived from the fermentation with fungus Fusarium venenatum grown on sugar source with addition of oxygen, nitrogen and minerals. However, it remains open challenges to rapidly screen and optimise microbial protein given the considerable number of candidate strains, resources and reaction pathways.
This cross-disciplinary project aims to develop a novel screening approach underpinned by microfluidics and mathematical modelling to enable rapid development of optimised microbial protein with a particular focus on Mycoprotein derived from food-grade lignocellulosic resources. This project will experimentally enable rapid screening of lignocellulosic resources for optimised Mycoprotein yields and develop advanced modelling to conceptually design and computationally optimise the transformative lignocellulosic Mycoprotein solutions.
This exciting PhD programme offers an unique research opportunity at the interface of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Biology, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering). The PhD research will be well supported by a supervisor team with cross-disciplinary expertise from King’s College London and industry partner Quorn Foods. Student will receive training opportunity through placement at Quorn and have access to the laboratories at both King’s College London and Quorn Foods.
We invite talented students with interests in cross-disciplinary research to apply for this PhD position starting from Oct 2021.
Applicants with background in Biochemical Engineering are preferred.
Applicants would need to meet King’s College PhD admission criteria; applicants with MEng or MSc degrees are preferred.
EPSRC UK residence requirement applies –to be eligible, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK.
If you are interested in applying, please email Dr Miao Guo, [Email Address Removed], for pre-submission enquiry and discussion. The formal applications can be submitted through King’s College PhD application system
The studentship covers the following –
Duration: 42 months
Stipend: Full bursary of approximately £22000 per year, including bursary at the current EPSRC rate of £17009 per year plus £5000 top-up stipend per year from Industry sponsor
Fees: Full Home Rate Fees
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