Imperial College London

Dr Cleo Kontoravdi

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Reader in Biosystems Engineering



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Date Role
2018- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
2012-2018 Departmental Athena SWAN Coordinator
2007- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Chemical Engineering (Lonza/RCUK Academic Fellowship)
2006-2007 Research and Development Scientist, Lonza Biologics
2007 PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.
An Integrated Modelling/Experimental Framework for Protein-producing Animal Cell Cultures.
2002 MEng in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London 

Research Interests

My interests lie in the area of biotechnology, with particular focus on the application of systems engineering principles to bioprocessing. My research involves the systematic integration of model-based tools, such as sensitivity analysis, design of experiments and optimisation, with experimentation on mammalian cell culture systems. Topics of interest include optimisation of culture media and conditions productivity, protein glycosylation, metabolic flux analysis and multiscale modelling.

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PhD openings - Autumn 2019

We have two PhD openings for October 2019 entry. The first is in collaboration with Dr Stuart Haslam on Engineering Glycoprotein Therapeutics. Details on the project and the application process can be found here (project number 11). The deadline is January 15th

The second project is in collaboration with GSK on Process automation in Biopharmaceutical Production funded by the BBSRC Industrial CASE Partnership. Candidates are expected to hold a Masters-level degree in Engineering and be a UK citizen or EU citizen that has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years immediately prior to the start date. For further details and to apply please contact me by email. 

January 2019

Congratulations to Pavlos Kotidis who won the Best Oral Presentation prize at the 2019 ESACT-UK Meeting!ESACT 2019

October 2018

Congratulations to Zoltan Kis who won the 2nd poster prize at the launch event for the Imperial Network of Vaccine Research!

Congratulations to Chiara Heide who won the 3rd poster prize at the 5th BioProNET Annual Science meeting!

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Jimenez del Val I, Kyriakopoulos S, Polizzi KM, et al., 2013, An optimised method for extraction and quantification of nucleotides and nucleotide sugars from mammalian cells, Analytical Biochemistry, Vol:443, Pages:172-180

Chen N, Koumpouras GC, Polizzi KM, et al., 2012, Genome-based kinetic modeling of cytosolic glucosemetabolism in industrially relevant cell lines -Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Chinese hamsterovary cells, Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Vol:35, Pages:1023-1033

Kontoravdi C, Pistikopoulos EN, Mantalaris A, 2010, Systematic development of predictive mathematical models for animal cell cultures, Computers & Chemical Engineering, Vol:34, Pages:1192-1198

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