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Dr Andrea Patel

Profile summary

Professional biography

Andrea joined the OU as Staff Tutor in March 2022.

Previously, Andrea was Head of the University Graduate School at the University of Birmingham, where she was responsible for providing cross-university support for postgraduate research students to ensure a high-quality postgraduate experience, assure the quality of postgraduate research degrees and to assist in achieving key strategic aims for the university. Highlights from her role as Head of the University Graduate School included development of dedicated careers and entrepreneurial development support for postgraduate researchers, and establishing a vibrant postgraduate research community.

Prior to working at the University of Birmingham, Andrea was Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Technologies and Programme Manager for Extended Foundation Degrees at Harper Adams University. Within these roles Andrea taught renewable energy to undergraduate and postgraduate students, supervised PhD and postdocā€™s whose research focused on bioenergy and lifecycle assessment, organised knowledge exchange events designed to support the rural sector to adopt renewable energy and delivered a KTP project that developed a small-scale anaerobic digestion system with a local company.

Academically Andrea holds a BSc in Biochemistry with Biotechnology, MSc Biochemical Engineering, PhD Biosciences (Novel bionanocatalysis for Cr(VI) remediation), MBA, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Anaerobic Digestion

Transition to Postgraduate Education

Teaching interests

Sustainable Energy

Publications

Key dimensions of personal innovativeness (2017-01)
Walley, Keith; Goodall, Sophie; Humphries, Andrea; Huntington, Jim; White, David and Asson, Tony
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 12(2) (pp. 259-276)


Optimization of Phytase Production from Escherichia coli by Altering Solid-State Fermentation Conditions (2015-12)
McKinney, Kyle; Combs, Justin; Becker, Patrick; Humphries, Andrea; Filer, Keith and Vriesekoop, Frank
Fermentation, 1(1) (pp. 13-23)


Continuous bioethanol production from oilseed rape straw hydrosylate using immobilised Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells (2014-02)
Mathew, Anil Kuruvilla; Crook, Mitch; Chaney, Keith and Humphries, Andrea
Bioresource Technology, 154 (pp. 248-253)


Comparison of entrapment and biofilm mode of immobilisation for bioethanol production from oilseed rape straw using Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells (2013-05)
Mathew, Anil Kuruvilla; Crook, Mitch; Chaney, Keith and Humphries, Andrea Claire
Biomass and Bioenergy, 52 (pp. 1-7)


On-farm storage of baled and pelletized canola (Brassica napus L.) straw: Variations in the combustion related properties (2013-02-01)
Chico-Santamarta, Leticia; Godwin, Richard John; Chaney, Keith; White, David Richard and Humphries, Andrea Claire
Energy, 50 (pp. 429-437)


Use of Desulfovibrio and Escherichia coli Pd-nanocatalysts in reduction of Cr(VI) and hydrogenolytic dehalogenation of polychlorinated biphenyls and used transformer oil (2012-10)
Macaskie, Lynne E.; Humphries, Andrea C.; Mikheenko, Iryna P.; Baxter-Plant, Victoria S.; Deplanche, Kevin; Redwood, Mark D.; Bennett, James A. and Wood, Joe
Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 87(10) (pp. 1430-1435)


Physical quality changes during the storage of canola (Brassica napus L.) straw pellets (2012-07)
Chico-Santamarta, Leticia; Chaney, Keith; Godwin, Richard John; White, David Richard and Humphries, Andrea Claire
Applied Energy, 95 (pp. 220-226)


Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Assessment of Products Arising from the Rendering of Mammalian Animal Byproducts in the UK (2012-01-03)
Ramirez, Angel D.; Humphries, Andrea C.; Woodgate, Stephen L. and Wilkinson, Robert G.
Environmental Science & Technology, 46(1) (pp. 447-453)


Dilute acid pre-treatment of oilseed rape straw for bioethanol production (2011-09)
Mathew, Anil Kuruvilla; Chaney, Keith; Crook, Mitch and Humphries, Andrea Claire
Renewable Energy, 36(9) (pp. 2424-2432)


Microbial changes during the on-farm storage of canola (oilseed rape) straw bales and pellets (2011-07)
Chico-Santamarta, Leticia; Patel, Andrea Claire; Chaney, Keith; White, David Richard; Magan, Naresh and Godwin, Richard John
Biomass and Bioenergy, 35(7) (pp. 2939-2949)


Alkaline pre-treatment of oilseed rape straw for bioethanol production: Evaluation of glucose yield and pre-treatment energy consumption (2011-06)
Mathew, Anil Kuruvilla; Chaney, Keith; Crook, Mitch and Humphries, Andrea Claire
Bioresource Technology, 102(11) (pp. 6547-6553)


Cr(VI) reduction by bio and bioinorganic catalysis via use of bio-H2: a sustainable approach for remediation of wastes (2007-02-03)
Humphries, Andrea C; Penfold, David W and Macaskie, Lynne E
Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 82(2) (pp. 182-189)


Chromate reduction by immobilized palladized sulfate-reducing bacteria (2006-05-05)
Humphries, A.C.; Mikheenko, I.P. and Macaskie, L.E.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 94(1) (pp. 81-90)


Reduction of Cr(VI) by palladized biomass of Desulfovibrio vulgaris NCIMB 8303 (2005-12)
Humphries, Andrea C and Macaskie, Lynne E
Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 80(12) (pp. 1378-1382)


Reduction of Cr(VI) by immobilized cells of Desulfovibrio vulgaris NCIMB 8303 and Microbacterium sp. NCIMB 13776 (2005-06-05)
Humphries, A.C.; Nott, K.P.; Hall, L.D. and Macaskie, L.E.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 90(5) (pp. 589-596)


Applications of bacterial hydrogenases in waste decontamination, manufacture of novel bionanocatalysts and in sustainable energy (2005-02)
Macaskie, L.E.; Baxter-Plant, V.S.; Creamer, N.J.; Humphries, A.C.; Mikheenko, I.P.; Mikheenko, P.M.; Penfold, D.W. and Yong, P.
Biochemical Society Transactions, 33(1) (pp. 76-79)


Continuous removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution catalysed by palladised biomass of Desulfovibrio vulgaris (2004)
Humphries, A.C.; Nott, K.P.; Hall, L.D. and Macaskie, L.E.
Biotechnology Letters, 26(19) (pp. 1529-1532)