Laura E. Walls

PhD Student: Bioprocess Engineering


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