2020 “Development of Scalable Bioprocesses for Production of Cultivated Meat”
Dr Mariana Petronela (Petra) Hanga is a Lecturer in Biological Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Dr Hanga holds a BEng in Biochemical Engineering from UBB Cluj, Romania and a PhD in Regenerative Medicine (EPSRC DTC) from Loughborough University, UK. After graduating her PhD, Dr Hanga took on a postdoctoral position at Loughborough University on a project funded by the Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC) BBSRC. Being a biochemical engineer by training, Dr Hanga’s research interests lie at the intersection of Engineering and Life Sciences. Her research addresses two distinct grand challenges: the first is food and nutrition for health by advancing cultivated meat technologies that ultimately will enable a radical shift away from factory farmed animal products and the second is healthcare by developing future therapies that will minimise the economic and social burden of an aging population. Dr Hanga’s multidisciplinary strengths and expertise include an understanding of the whole cell culture bioprocess from inoculation to cell harvest, including engineering characterisation of bioreactors and biological characterisation of cells. Dr Hanga’s research has been funded to date by UK Research Council (BBSRC), the Good Food Institute (US) and the European Commission.
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