Saurav Datta joined KGI as an Assistant Professor of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center in the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences in January 2020. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), India from 2014-2019. He also worked as a Chemical Engineer (2011-2013) and as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010) at Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory.
He has major research contributions in the areas of bioprocessing (bioseparation, biocatalysis and bio-based product formation), water treatment, and CO2 capture. His current research interests encompass downstream processing of biopharmaceuticals, bioreaction engineering and bioinspired materials.
Datta earned his PhD from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky. He obtained master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) and University of Calcutta, India, respectively.
S. Datta, Y. P. Lin, Seth W. Snyder, Current and emerging separation technologies in biorefining, in Advances in biorefineries, Woodhead Publishing, 2015
We leverage fundamental principles of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biotechnology and aim to develop advanced bioprocesses with higher efficiency, lower cost, and feasibility for scale-up. Research activities in three major areas are outlined below.
Downstream processing: Development of membrane and chromatographic methods for advanced bioprocessing in gene/cell therapy, mAb production and viral clearance.
Bioreactions engineering: Study of reaction kinetics and reactor theories for next-generation bioreactors, such as hollow fiber perfusion bioreactor or continuous packed-bed reactor.
Bioinspired materials: Mimic mother nature for advanced bioprocessing, such as cell-free synthesis using immobilized enzyme cascades.