We are delighted to announce that Dr Petra Hanga is the inaugural winner of the ESACT-UK Chris Hewitt Rising Star Award. Dr Hanga, a lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at University College London, has contributed significantly to the fields of cellular agriculture and stem cell bioprocessing. Prior to joining UCL, Petra was a a Lecturer in Biological Engineering at Aston University. Petra holds a BEng in Biochemical Engineering from Babes-Bolyai University, Romania and a PhD in Regenerative Medicine from Loughborough University, UK as part of the EPSRC DTC in Regenerative Medicine, which was led by Professor Chris Hewitt.

The award is in memory of Professor Chris Hewitt who sadly passed away on the 25th July 2019 at the age of 50. Chris was both an eminent scientist and truly devoted family man and a long-time supporter of ESACT-UK.