Imperial College London

Dr. Zoltán Kis

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate



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Zoltán Kis, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering working with Prof. Nilay Shah and Dr. Cleo Kontoravdi in the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub. The aim of this work is to develop manufacturing technologies for faster and lower cost vaccine production, in order to: (1) prevent the spread of epidemics and pandemics, and (2) to meet immunization needs in low- and middle-income countries.

Prior to joining the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub, Zoltán was a Research Associate at the Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER) think-tank  and a Visiting Academic at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London. Thereby, Zoltán was modelling the technical feasibility and environmental sustainability of industrial processes to aid future policy decisions.

Zoltán obtained his Ph.D. in Professor Rob Krams’ group, at the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London. During his Ph.D., Zoltán developed systems and synthetic biology tools for cardiovascular research and co-authored 5 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter and presented his research results at international conferences.

Prior to his Ph.D., Zoltán obtained his M.Sc. in Applied Biotechnology from Uppsala University (Sweden). He performed his M.Sc. degree project at the German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg, Germany) as an Erasmus Research Scholar at Heidelberg University (Germany). There, Zoltán tested the oncolytic parvovirus H-1 on cultured bone cancer cells; obtained results are patented.

Preceding his M.Sc., Zoltán graduated from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) with a B.Eng. in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, Zoltán carried out chemistry and biochemistry research, both experimentally and theoretically (computational quantum chemistry molecular modelling). Obtained results were published in 4 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at international conferences.



Kis Z, Papathanasiou M, Calvo‐Serrano R, et al., 2019, A model‐based quantification of the impact of new manufacturing technologies on developing country vaccine supply chain performance: A Kenyan case study, Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, Vol:1, ISSN:2637-403X

Kis Z, Shattock R, Shah N, et al., 2019, Emerging technologies for low-cost, rapid vaccine manufacture, Biotechnology Journal, Vol:14, ISSN:1860-6768

Kis Z, Koppelaar RHEM, Sule MN, et al., 2018, Framework for WASH sector data improvements in data-poor environments, applied to Accra, Ghana, Water, Vol:10, ISSN:2073-4441

Kis Z, Pandya N, Koppelaar RHEM, 2018, Electricity generation technologies: Comparison of materials use, energy return on investment, jobs creation and CO2 emissions reduction, Energy Policy, Vol:120, ISSN:0301-4215, Pages:144-157

Lacroix J, Kis Z, Josupeit R, et al., 2018, Preclinical testing of an Oncolytic Parvovirus in Ewing Sarcoma: Protoparvovirus H-1 induces Apoptosis and Lytic infection In Vitro but fails to improve survival In Vivo, Viruses, Vol:10, ISSN:1999-4915

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