School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I attained my degree in Biochemistry at the University of Seville (Spain). As part of this, I spent my final 2 academic years abroad. First at the Department of Agriculture at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), studying Food Process Engineering, and second, at Hawaii Pacific University in the United States, studying Physical Chemistry and Molecular Biology.
Following this, I completed my Master of Biological and Bioprocess Engineering at The University of Sheffield, focusing my research on the study of microalgae biomass production and disruption by alternative technologies.
I then completed my PhD in biopharmaceutical production, specialising in production, purification and analytical characterisation of recombinant monoclonal antibodies in mammalian cells.
Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Sheffield Hallam University in a collaborative program, studying the effect of food polyphenols on inflammatory pathways of 3D human cartilage tissue cultures.
Most recently, I am honoured to have been offered a position as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials.
My experience across Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy the USA and Spain has enabled me to work in the interface of Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Bioprocessing and Analytical Biochemistry. Some of my areas of interest are:
- The development of new processes for the extraction of natural-origin pharmaceutical products
- The transformation of industrial waste into secondary high-value food and pharmaceutical products
- The study of stability and formulation of pharmaceuticals
- The advance and optimisation of current processes such as beer and wine fermentation.
Date Position Institution name 2019 - 2019 Postdoctoral fellow Sheffield Hallam university 2014 - 2014 Research assistant The University of Sheffield
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Italian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2018 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom PhD in Optimisation of biopharmaceutical antibody production and stability 2013 - 2014 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom MEng Biological and Bioprocess Engineering 2006 - 2013 University of Seville Spain BSc Biochemistry
Year Citation 2022 Schini, M., Peel, N., Toronjo-Urquiza, L., Thomas, E., Salam, S., Khwaja, A., . . . Walsh, J. S. (2022). Evaluation of estimated glomerular function (eGFR) versus creatinine clearance (CrCl) to predict acute kidney injury when using zoledronate for the treatment of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis International, 33(3), 737-744.
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2020 Toronjo-Urquiza, L., Acosta-Martin, A. E., James, D. C., Nagy, T., & Falconer, R. J. (2020). Resveratrol addition to CHO cell culture media: The effect on cell growth, monoclonal antibody synthesis and its chemical modification.. Biotechnology progress, 36(3), 1-9.
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2020 Toronjo-Urquiza, L., Acosta-Martin, A. E., James, D. C., Nagy, T., & Falconer, R. J. (2020). The use of catechins in Chinese hamster ovary cell media for the improvement of monoclonal antibody yields and a reduction of acidic species.. Biotechnology progress, 36(4), 1-10.
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2019 Toronjo Urquiza, L., James, D. C., Nagy, T., & Falconer, R. J. (2019). Screening Naturally Occurring Phenolic Antioxidants for Their Suitability as Additives to CHO Cell Culture Media Used to Produce Monoclonal Antibodies.. Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland), 8(6), 1-18.
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Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Development of Analyte sensitive Fluorescent Aerogels for Space Applications. Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Alexandra Nia Thomas 2023 Principal Supervisor Whole Organism Analytics using Free-Living Nematodes - Astropharmacy Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Laura Jasmine Beckett 2023 Co-Supervisor Investigation into the physical stability of the lipid nanoparticle (LNP) used for RNA delivery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Franz Wagner Laurett Veras 2022 Co-Supervisor Design of Ready-to-Inject Aqueous Formulations of RNA-Lipid Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jaslene Anne Francis
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