Biotechnology Projects (Professor Conan Fee) - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Biotechnology Projects - Professor Conan Fee

The Bioprocess & Biomolecular Engineering Research Group carries out research in engineering science, fermentation, environmental biotechnology and development of technologies associated with the purification and modification of biomolecules.

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Biomolecular Interactions Centre

The Group is a founding member of the Biomolecular Interactions Centre (BIC), founded 2007 and supported by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc, Hercules California. The BIC involves researchers from Chemical & Process Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Lincoln University, The University of Otago's Christchurch School of Medicine and Crop&Food Research. BIC is one of two premier research institutes within the University of Canterbury.

Collaborating Partner Institutions


  • Purification of PEGylated proteins
  • PEGylation reactions
  • Size Exclusion Reaction Chromatography
  • Sizes of PEGylated proteins
    Collaborator: Amersham Biosciences (Sweden)
  • Isoelectric points of PEGylated proteins
  • Kinetics of insulin - insulin receptor interaction using a surface plasmon resonance biosensor
  • Peptide based Molecular Brush Membranes
  • Bio-inspired adhesive peptides for stainless steel functionalization


Current Students (University of Canterbury)


  • Please contact Professor Fee directly to enquire about possible projects. University Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis on the basis of academic record. Some International Aid Scholarships are available to citizens of selected countries.


  • Bio-Rad ProteOn XPR36 Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) system
  • Bio-Rad Experion automated (chip-based) electrophoresis
  • Gilson liquid handling robot
  • AKTAexplorer 100 liquid chromatography system
  • AKTAexplorer 10 liquid chromatography system with autosampler
  • AKTAcrossflow tangential flow filtration system
  • PhastSystem Gel Electrophoresis
  • ProcessorPlus Western Blotting System
  • Gas chromatographs, one with autosampler
  • UV Spectrophotometers
  • Hoeffer Electrophoresis System
  • Fermentor (4 L)
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance (Q-Sense QCM-D)
  • qNano
  • SuperPro DesignerTM bioprocess simulation software
  • Zetasizer Nano

Also available as part of the Biomolecular Interactions Centre:

  • Isothermal Calorimetry
  • Real-time PCR
  • Circular Dichroism
  • SpectraMax┬«M5e Multi-Mode Microplate
  • Cary Eclispe Fluoro Biomelt Package

For further particulars of these and other projects please contact

Professor Conan Fee
University of Canterbury
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 364 2139
Fax: +64 3 364 2063

  • Department of Chemical
    and Process Engineering

    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800 
    New Zealand
  • Phone: + 64 3 364 2543
    Fax: + 64 3 364 2063
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