Research projects

Below a complete list of research projects currently performed at Bioprocess Engineering is given. In many of these projects there are possibilities for BSc and MSc students to perform a thesis. If interested please feel free to contact the theme leader.

Microbial Biotechnology

Enrico Orsi Green Terpene
Pauline Folch Metabolic Engineering E. coli
Anne Bohnenkamp Sustainable production of volatile esters
Pauline Folch Valorization of milk components

Microalgal Biotechnology

Iulian Boboescu Single-step disentanglement and fractionation of microalgal high-value products through acoustophoresis
Sabine van Oossanen Metabolic modeling and engineering of Nannochloropsis microalgae for improved lipid production
Jorijn Janssen Lipid metabolism of the microalgae Nannochloropsis gaditana
Pieter Oostlander RAAQUA
Sebastian Canizales Gomez Phototrophic polypeptide production from urine
Kira Schipper Enhancing Algae-based CO2 Capture and Sequestration for Large Scale Application in Qatar
Christian Südfeld Tailored microalgae as a sustainable oil crop production platform
Narcís Ferrer Ledo Strain improvement of microalgae for the production of omega-3 fatty acids and fucoxanthin
Robin Barten Bioprospecting and directed evolution of microalgae from Bonaire
Rocca Chin-On Design of a floating photobioreactor for microalgae cultivation on Bonaire
Renske Rinzema Modelling and optimization of microalgae growth and product formation in outdoor tubular photobioreactors
Mihris Naduthodi Genome editing tool development for oleaginous microalgae Nannochloropsis oceanica
Iago Dominguez Teles MERIT: Diterpenoid production from sunlight
Barbara Guimaraes Improving the mineral content in microalgal biomass for aquaculture
Fengzheng Gao Strain improvement of Tisochrysis lutea to produce fucoxanthin and DHA
Fengzheng Gao Producing fucoxanthin and DHA from Tisochrysis lutea during winter
Marta Batista de Sá DESAlgae – Capture and re-use of CO2 using deep eutectic solvents and microalgae
Pedro Monino Fernandez Scaling up mixotrophic cultivation of extremophilic microalgae

Animal Cell Biotechnology

Thijs Gerritzen Production of bioengineered outer membrane vesicles as vaccine platform
Kylie Hesp Immortalizing marine sponge cell culture
Stephanie Munroe Development of a Sponge Cell Line
Abdulaziz Al Sayyari Gene expression profiling
Karin Geuijen Development of High-Throughput biosensor
Xiao Pan Scale down during upstream process development of CHO cell culture
Jort Altenburg A baculovirus expression system free of contaminating baculovirus particles (BACFREE)


Edgar Suarez Integrated biorefineries, AlgaePro4U
Calvin Lo Deep Eutectic Solvents as a novel extraction system for microalgae
Sofia Bonilla Enzymatic Disruption of Cell Walls for the Controlled Release of Valuable Products from Microalgal Biomass
Iulian Boboescu Single-step disentanglement and fractionation of microalgal high-value products through acoustophoresis