Bioreactor and Media Interaction
Optimizing media composition for bioreactors
University of Bath, United Kingdom
Who: Allison Esperanza, Ph.D. student in chemical engineering
When: 2021 – Present
Institutes: University of Bath, United Kingdom
Supervisors: Marianne Ellis, head of department of chemical engineering at the University of Bath; Chris Chuck, director of the Centre for Integrated Bioprocessing Research at the University of Bath
Allison’s research looks at how media composition and bioreactors interact to design a bioreactor optimized for serum-free culture. To do this, Allison will determine the ideal environmental conditions for cell culture, craft serum-free media formulations to meet these conditions, and define bioreactor operating parameters to maximize output.
Allison’s work is helping to establish the scientific basis for the design of cultured meat bioreactors at an industrial scale. She’s taking an innovative, holistic approach to address two major challenges facing the field at once: media development and bioreactor design.