Professor Zhanfeng Cui

Prof. Cui is Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Oxford University and the Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing of the Oxford University. The Centre is a world leader in the development of bioreactor technologies for the growth of bone, cartilage, tendon and neuron cells, and the long-term aim is to produce implantable three dimensional bulky tissue growth from stem cell cultures. Prof. Cui also has research interests in the technologies that will monitor and regulate stem cell functions and tissue growth, including micro membrane probes and micro sensors, and in cryo-preservation techniques. A further related area of research is into membrane filtration processes. He and his co-workers have published about 250 peer reviewed journal papers.

Prof. Cui was born in Hebei Province in 1962 and was educated in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”). He got his Bachelor of Science from Inner Mongolia Polytechnic University, PRC in 1982, and a Master of Science in 1984 and Professor of Philosophy in 1987 from Dalian University of Technology, PRC. Prof. Cui was a postdoctoral in the Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University, the United Kingdom (1988-1991) and a lecturer in Edinburgh University (1991-1994). He moved to the Oxford University as a University Lecturer (1994-1999) and was promoted to a Reader (1999). In 2000, he was elected to the Chemical Engineering Chair in the Oxford University at the age of 37. He is also a Professorial Fellow of Hertford College, the Oxford University. He was a visiting professor to Georgia Institute of Technology, the United States of America (“USA”) (1999) and University of Minnesota, USA (2004). He is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Prof. Cui was awarded the Professor of Science (DSc) by the Oxford University in 2009. In 2013, Prof. Cui was elected to a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).

Prof. Cui was the first Chinese who was elected to a statutory Chair in the Oxford University. He has a wide range of collaborative activities in the PRC with Chinese Universities and Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a Chang Jiang Scholar of the Ministry of Education of the PRC and has acted as an adviser to several governmental organisations, including the Overseas Chinese Affair Office of the State Council.