Dr Marijke Fagan-Endres
Marijke holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (BSc, first class honours) from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. Her research interests lie in bioprocess engineering, initiated during her time as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) in 2009 when she investigated algal carbon uptake mechanisms. Her work has since focussed on biohydrometallurgical processes, namely heap bioleaching and bioflotation, and the development of novel techniques for their study including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray μCT and isothermal microcalorimetry (IMC). This has spanned her PhD, a post-doctoral research fellowship at CeBER and her current lectureship. Highlights of her career include being awarded the 2014 Woman in Engineering and the Built Environment (WiEBE) Excellence Award: Most Promising Young Woman – Research, presenting her research at the UK Houses of Parliament as part of SET for Britain, receiving the Best Poster Prize at the MRPM10 international conference and her Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Studentship.
In her position as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering Marijke is also deeply involved in the teaching of the undergraduate curriculum at UCT. She currently lectures in both 1st and 3rd year core chemical engineering courses (CHE1005W and CHE3005W), specialising in Reaction Systems and Design in the latter. Other teaching activities include involvement in the final year design project supervisory team (CHE4036Z), supervision of 2nd year fieldtrip and 4th year thesis projects and teaching into the Bioprocess Engineering elective course (CHE3068S).