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Assoc. Prof. Steven Ferguson

Co-Principal Investigator & Manufacturing Theme Leader

University College Dublin


Steven started as an undergraduate in chemical & bioprocess engineering at University College Dublin (UCD) and stayed there to do my PhD, where he is now working as an assistant professor. Following on from his PhD, he moved to Boston as a postdoctoral researcher, working on the development of continuous manufacturing technologies to intensify pharmaceutical production.

After MIT, Steven moved across the street to the other side of Kendall square, to work on drug development in Biogen, a large biopharmaceutical company. This role focused on the development and commercialisation of drugs for neurological and immunological conditions and was part of what would be considered a very small team within the industry to bring drug candidates from discovery through trials, to commercialisation.

Steven is a Lecturer/Associate Professor at the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering at UCD and his current research group are developing multidisciplinary approaches and technologies informed by my experience. This would differ from the ‘traditional’ path of the single expert working in a narrow field of science or engineering.


- Continuous manufacturing
- Drug development
- Flow Chemistry
- Neurology and immunology