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Dr Drake is a Lecturer in the Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George's University of London. He undertakes research in the expression of recombinant pharmaceuticals in plants and teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate level. he is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for the Institute.
Dr Drake joined St George’s as a postdoctoral researcher in 2003. He became an Honorary lecturer in 2004 and a Lecturer in 2014.
He was awarded his undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Nottingham. He carried out postdoctoral research, entitled 'Production of pharmaceutical proteins in transgenic plants', at King’s College London.
Dr Drake’s research expertise is the expression of recombinant proteins in transgenic plants for medical applications, a multi-disciplinary undertaking which encompasses biotechnology, molecular biology, plant biology, and immunology.
The technology holds great promise for the production of pharmaceuticals at reduced cost and is particularly suited to developing world applications. He has expressed numerous antibodies, vaccine candidates and microbicides in plants to a variety of diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and rabies. He has a further interest in the role of patenting and socially responsible licensing on the production of medical technologies and their dissemination to the developing world and is also active in public engagement activities.
Dr Drake is a Co-Investigator on a Horizon 2020 award and is also funded by Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support. He is also a recipient of a St George's University Early Career Researcher PhD studentship
Currently supervise 4 PhD students (1 as Lead 3 as Co-supervisor), Line manager to 3 postdoctoral researchers and a laboratory manager
At St George's University of London
Professor Julian Ma
Dr Rajko Reljic
Dr Audrey Teh
Dr Sebastian Fuller
External Collaborating Academic/Public Institutions
Animal and Plant Health Authority, UK
University College London, UK
University of the Arts, UK
John Innes Centre, UK
University of Rouen, France
Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
University of Lleida, Spain
PhD, Master's, BSc project examining
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