Professor Rob Thomas

MPharm, MRPharmS, PhD

  • Professor of Manufacturing for Cell and Gene Therapies
  • RCUK Academic Fellow (Biomanufacturing)


  • MPharm attained from Nottingham University in 2001
  • Registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2002
  • Internship at Pfizer global research and development 2002
  • PhD in tissue engineering obtained from Nottingham University in 2006
  • Appointed Research Associate at Loughborough University in 2006


  • Awarded RCUK Academic Fellowship at Loughborough University in 2007

Research Interests and Activities

  • Production systems and processes for cell based products; Translation to commercial manufacture and clinical use. 
  • Automated and scaled production; Measurement systems for process control and quality release; defining surface marker, gene expression or other biometric indicator of cell product quality; Enabling current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliant manufacturing. 
  • Optimised growth environments for human stem cells.

External activities

  • Member of UK Stem Cell Network