Laura E. Walls

PhD Student: Bioprocess Engineering (2018-2022)


Laura focuses on the development of an industrially relevant, scalable bioprocess for the production of high value isoprenoids. Laura is using state of art high throughput microscale and mini-bioreactors to determine the effect of industrial scale conditions on the engineered cells early on in the design/build/test/learn cycle. Her project also involves the integrated modelling of the bioprocess and synthetic pathways to predict industrial scale productivity

Professional Experience

Postgraduate Researcher – University of Edinburgh – Institute for Bioengineering (August 2018 – Present)

Tutor and Lab Demonstrator – University of Edinburgh School of Engineering (September 2018 – Present)

Guest PhD Researcher – Technical University of Denmark – Fermentation Core, DTU Bioengineering (January 2020 – December 2020)

Guest MEng Researcher – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Engineering Institute (February 2018 – April 2018)

Research Assistant – Newcastle University, School of Engineering (June 2017-July 2018)






PhD Bioengineering – University of Edinburgh, Institute for Bioengineering (August 2018-present)

Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering MEng Hons – Newcastle University, School of Engineering (2014-2018)

Current Projects

A quality by design approach to Taxol biosynthetic pathway optimisation in S. cerevisiae cell factories

Mooving toward sustainable jet fuels: bioconversion of Spruce biomass into bisabolene using rumen bacteria and non-conventional yeast


Bioprocess engineering
Design of Experiments