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Dr Pascal Drake

Lecturer in Molecular Immunology
Production of recombinant pharmaceuticals in plants

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 


Research Group

Currently supervise 4 PhD students (1 as Lead 3 as Co-supervisor), Line manager to 3 postdoctoral researchers and a laboratory manager

Research Collaborators

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

VTT, Finland

University of Lleida, Spain

Industrial Collaborators

Samabriva, France

Albajuna, Spain

Transalgae, Israel




  • Postgraduate Coordinator, Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • PhD and Master's supervisor


  • Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, years 2 and 3
  • BSc project supervisor
  • Small group tutor years 1 and 2 on Medicine MBBS (five-year programme), year 1 and 2 (Biomedical Science) and year 2 (Master's in Pharmacy)
  • Student Selected Component tutor, Medicine MBBS (five-year programme), year 2
  • Personal tutor Medicine MBBS (five-year programme)


PhD, Master's, BSc project examining

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