Professor Christopher J Hewitt FREng

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Executive Dean and Professor of Biological Engineering, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

Professor Christopher Hewitt is distinguished for his biological engineering research using flow cytometry and cell sorting to understand the interaction of the cell with the bioreactor environment within diverse areas such as microbial fermentation, bio-remediation, bio-transformation, brewing and cell culture. He was also a co-founder of the Centre for Biological Engineering at Loughborough University, now a world leader in regenerative medicine bioprocessing.

He published the first papers on the culture and recovery of fully functional human mesenchymal stem cells in stirred bioreactors from 15 millilitres to 5 litres based on sound biochemical engineering and fluid dynamic considerations essential to scale-up for commercialisation.