Michael Sulu

I won! thanks for voting for me and thanks for taking part!



MEng at UCL, MRes at York University & PhD at University of Birmingham


PhD in Chemical engineering, Masters in Green Chemistry and a Masters in Biochemical Engineering.

Work History:

I currently work at UCL, my last job was research at BCU adn before that i worked in a contemporary art gallery

Current Job:

Biochemical Engineer – Fermentation process development



Me and my work

I try to find the best way to grow bacteria and other cells

My work involves research in to methods for cell growth and ways to improve it. Working in a university means i also get to teach people about growing cells.

My Typical Day

Teaching, training, experimenting and supervising students

My days are very varied and that is one of the best things about my job. In a typical day i may give a lecture on growing cells, teach a student how to use a piece of equipment and then spend some time discussing and planning more experiments with students. I also, often, get to take pieces of equipment apart for maintenance.

What I'd do with the money

Organise a STEM outreach project about cell growth

I would use the money to help start a STEM outreach project.
Not many people know about growing organisms outside of brewing so i am currently in the process of designing a low cost reactor for demonstrating purposes, the prize money would allow me to produce more of these reactors after they have been designed and take them in to schools to teach people about biological processes

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

I. Am. A. Rebel.

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Free food

What is the most fun thing you've done?

BrightCLub – a UCL scheme in which researchers perform Stand up Comedy

What did you want to be after you left school?

I don’t think i knew! From 16 onwards my mind changed till I started doing research

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

I Love taking things apart – so dismantling a 450L stirred tank

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

An orthopaedic surgeon.

Tell us a joke.

I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, and then it hit me.

Other stuff

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