Faculty of Sciences

Welcome to the Centre for Molecular Processing at Kent. Molecular Processing encompasses the mechanisms and cellular requirements that influence disease states, cellular processes and the synthesis of therapeutic agents and biomedicines from biological systems (e.g. bacterial, yeast, mammalian systems). Kent has a long and successful history of research in these areas. The Centre builds upon Kent strengths in Molecular Processing by integrating and linking the expertise and know-how at Kent to address molecular processing research in areas that cannot be addressed by traditional departments or groups alone. The cross-disciplinary nature of the Centre facilitates the coordinated integration of the appropriate skill sets, expertise and knowledge across the Science Faculty at the interface between biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematical science, computing science and pharmacy to address cross disciplinary science at both the basic and industrially applied level.



The CMP has been allocated 2 University Studentships

We are delighted to announce that  the CMP has been allocated 2 University Studentships for the academic year beginning Sept 2015. The process for applying for, and allocation of these studentships is outlined below and has been approved by Colin Johnson.


The process is


  1. Call for bids for the studentships with a closing date of Friday 27th Feb for applications. Applications should be email to c.m.smales@kent.ac.uk  no later than 5pm on this day. Applications must be completed on a single page in 11 point arial font and detail the project, the relevance to the CMP (as outlined on the CMP webpage) and cross-disciplinary science nature of the project (all projects should be cross disciplinary, have a minimum of 2 supervisors and preference will be given to those that cross Schools and/or disciplines), explain how the studentship will be used to develop ideas and further funding applications to be submitted under the CMP banner, confirm and describe that the appropriate resources are available to undertake the project. Projects that build upon the EARC Synthetic Biology initiative are also encouraged.
  2. The studentship bids will  be reviewed and ranked by a panel of 4 from the CMP and across Schools in the Faculty. This will include Prof Smales as Director of the CMP (who will not be applying for these studentships), one other from Biosciences, and two members from other schools. The applications will be scored on the basis of the quality of the science, the relevance to the vision of the CMP, the cross-disciplinary nature, and likelihood of generating further funding proposals. This will be completed by the end of Jan and studentships award to the top two applications. 
  3. Successful applicants will be asked to advertise, shortlist and appoint following the procedures for these as outlined by the Faculty and the University by mid-April.  We will monitor the progress of this and if it becomes apparent that an assigned studentship is not progressing, this will be removed from the applicants and the third ranked project offered the studentship.

Please note that any supervisor who is a main supervisor and who already has a University studentship for next year via their School allocation or the Faculty allocation will be ranked below those who do not. 



BioProNet and Metals in Biology: The elements of Biotechnology and Bioenergy - bioscience networks to benefit UK economy

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has funded 13 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between the academic research base and industry, promoting the translation of research into benefits for the UK.

Professor Mark Smales and Professor Martin Warren of the University’s School of Biosciences and the Centre for Molecular Processing will each be directors of one of the networks, which pool skills from academia and business to develop research projects with the potential to overcome major challenges in the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy arena. The networks will drive new ideas to harness the potential of biological resources for producing and processing materials, biopharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy.



The Resistant Cancer Cell Line (RCCL) collection

A collection of drug-resistant cancer cell lines from different cancer entities have been established and further details of the cell lines can be found here.



Biotechnology and Bioengineering MSc

The Centre for Molecular Processing is now running a new interdisciplinary MSc programme focused on providing advanced academic training in the cellular and molecular processes that relate to the production of biomedicines for use in healthcare. This is coupled with rigorous practical training in the design, production and characterisation of biomolecules using state-of-the-art biotechnological and bioengineering analytical and molecular technologies.

To find out more please click here



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Last Updated: 03/02/2015