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Fermentation and downstream processing including beer brewing

Tim Hobley conducts research into fermentation and downstream processing in lab and pilot scale. His main research interests are in: Fermentation physiology including the mechanisms behind enzyme production in the fungi Trichoderma and Aspergillus, as well as bioethanol production; Single cell protein using new types of fermenters; Pilot scale fermenters for biofilm cultivation; Magnetic adsorbents and processes for protein purification; Magnetic immobilised enzymes; All aspects of Beer brewing at lab and pilot scale. 

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2008 Visiting lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad (Feb – April, 3 months)
2001- Technical University Denmark, Denmark

CURRENT PH.D. STUDENTS (4) and POST-DOCS (3) and Technicians (1)
• Dr. Divanery Rodriguez-Gomez (Post doc), funding from CONACYT (Mexico)
• Dr. Kim Ottow (post doc) funding from EU 7th framework (MagPro2Life)
• Tinghong Chang (co-supervisor) funding from Danish High Technology Foundation
• Wickie Søndergaard (sole supervisor) grant from EU 7th framework (MagPro2Life)
• Johan Alftrén (sole supervisor) Nordic Energy Research grant (Sustainable biofuels)
• Dr. Luca Formenti (post doc) funding from Grundfoss
• Food Scientist Preben Bøje Hansen

• 2011 Linda Lehman (main supervisor) funding from Novozymes bioprocess academy and DTU
• 2009 David Kold (main supervisor) consortium with Chr. Hansen, Novozymes, Danisco with co-funding from Danish research council for technology and production.
• 2009 Kim Ottow (Ph.D.) (sole supervisor) funding from EU 6th framework (Nanobiomag)
• 2008 Dr. Trine Lütken Maury (postdoc), sole supervisor, FTP Bioactive milk proteins consortium
• 2007 Trine L. Petersen (Ph.D) (main supervisor) funded from Novozymes bioprocess academy
• 2007 Ayyoob Arpanaei (main supervisor) funded from Iranian state stipend
• 2006 Claudia Gomes (main supervisor) funded from Portuguese state stipend
• 2006 Cornelius Faber (main supervisor) funded from Novozymes bioprocess academy and DTU
• 2006-2007 Dr. Nadja Schultz (sole supervisor) funded from EU 6th framework

• 2008 Jemila James, self funded from University of Trinidad and Tobago
• 2006 Nadja Schultz funded by German state funding agency

• 2011 Shruti Harnal (Ph.D. Victoria University of Technology, Australia)
• 2008-2010 Censor of masters and project student theses, University of Copenhagen, member of Censor Corps
• 2009 Jakob Rasmussen (Ph.D University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
• 2009 Geoff Brown (Ph.D University of Birmingham, England)
• 2008 Dariusz Roman Kutyna (Ph.D Victoria University, Australia)
• 2007 Jonaton Andersson (Ph.D. University of Lund, Sweden)
• 2006 Satu Salo (Ph.D Technical University Denmark)
• 2006 Christina Lyngsø (Ph.D Technical University Denmark)
• 2005 Amro Hanora (Ph.D University of Lund, Sweden)
• 2005 Bin Zhou (Ph.D University of Melbourne, Australia)

• Main supervisor of over 30 masters and undergraduate theses, many with Danish industry.

• Biotech Summer school for international students (2007, 2008, 2009) : 3 weeks fermentation practical course
• 27416 Fermentation Technology (online course): 2010, 2011 (Theoretical, 5 ECTS; solely responsible for course and teaching (2010, and jointly responsible in 2011)
• 27102/27103 Research and Development: Autumn 07, 08, 09 (Theoretical, 15 ECTS; solely responsible for course and teaching)
• 27944 Biotechnology and process design: Autumn 07, 08, 09, 10 (Theoretical and practical, 15 ECTS; co-responsible for course and teaching of 66%)
• 28012 Chemical and Biochemical Process Engineering: Jun 09, Jan 09, Jun 08, Jan 08, Jun 07, Jan 07, Jun 06, Jan 06 Jun 05 (theoretical teaching 1-week full time in each case)
• 28233 Recovery & purification biological products: Autumn 2007,08, 09, 10,11 (Theoretical, 5ECTS; co-responsible & teaching 33%
• 28231 Laboratory in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering June 08, 05, 04, 03 & 02 (Practical downstream processing, teaching 1-3 weeks in each case)
• 27010 Introductory project – biotechnology, Autumn 07, 06 & 05 (10 ECTS project supervision)
• 27406 Recovery and purification of biological products Autumn 06, 05, 04, 03 (Theroretical, 10 ECTS, co-responsible and teaching 50%)
• 27033 Experimental Fermentation Technology, Jan 06 Jun 05 Jan 05 (Practical fermentation course, 6 ECTS, co-responsible and teaching 75%)
• 27942 Introduction to Biotechniques, Jun 05 Jan05 Jan 04 (Practical fermentation exercise, teaching 3 weeks full time)
• 27000 & 27001 General Biotechnology and Life Science, Jun 04 Jan 04 Jun 03 Jan 03 (Theoretical, 5 ECTS, 3 weeks project part of the course).
• 28210 Biological Thermodynamics Spring 03 (Theoretical, 5ECTS, co-responsible and teaching 50%)
• 30000 & 30001General Biotechnology and Life Science, Jun 2001 (Theoretical, 3 weeks project teaching) 
• 30217 Laboratory in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Jun 01 (Practical downstream processing, 3 weeks teaching) 
• Tutor for 7-10 first year students each year 2001-2007

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Research areas

 Formal Teaching and Teaching Management Qualifications

  • Leadership and management of teaching and education (study leader course) Copenhagen business school) (6 days duration)
  • Education in didactics and teaching methodology for teachers at DTU (200 hours duration)
  • Basic course for Ph.D. students and teachers at DTU (CDM-DTU) (50 hours duration)

 Management and Leader Courses

  • Better leadership (DTU Systems Biology ~ 6 days duration)
  • Mentoring of experts (DTU) (1 day)
  • Role of the leader: basic leader training (DTU) (~4 days duration)
  • Discussion techniques for meetings on employee development (MUS course) (~1 day )

 Careeer Overview

Technical University of Denmark.

  • 2011-              Associate Professor in Fermentation and Purification, Institute for Food
  • 2004-2011     Associate Professor in Bioprocess Technology,Institute for Systems Biology
  • 2006-2009     Education leader and chairman of the Institute for Systems Biology teaching committee.
  • 2001-2004     Assistant Professor in Bioprocess Technology
  • 1998-2001     Postdoctoral researcher with Assoc. Prof. Owen Thomas (novel downstream processing)           
  • 1998                Visiting postdoc with Prof. Jens Nielsen and Assoc. Prof. Lisbeth Olsson (characterizing yeast glycolytic mutants)

Technical Microbiology, Lund, Sweden

  • 1997-1998     Postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal on the characterisation of xylose fermenting yeasts.

External stays:

  • 2009                                    Consultant at University of Trinidad & Tobago for Pilot Plant commissioning (June, 4 weeks)
  • 2008                                    Visiting lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (Feb – April, 3 months).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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