Visiting Members

Wenyu Xiang


My main area of interest is on the hydrodynamic and mass transfer performance of structured packing, particularly the experimental investigation of liquid axial and radial dispersion in the structured packing.

During my visit to Oxford, I collaborate with the team researching microbial community based bioreactors, with particular interests in the transport phenomena in such systems.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in the School of Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2013. Since then I have been studying as a PhD student at the same University.

Dr Zheqing Huang


My main area of interest is the theory and applications of polysilicon CVD reactors, including the modelling of the flow field structure.

I am currently involved in the optimisation of a fluidised bed Bioreactor for human mesenchymal stem cell expansion. The purpose is to develop a theoretical mathematical model using computational fluid dynamics to explore the effect of consumption of oxygen and nutrients, fluid flow and shear stress on stem cells differentiation and proliferation.

I obtained my BSc in Tianjin Polytechnic University in 2008, and PhD in Tianjin University in 2013. I am working as a lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong University now.

Krishna Sapkota

krishna.jpgMy area of interest is the development of applications based on semantic web and natural language processing technologies.

My current research project comprises extracting and annotating the European regulations governing the GMP guidelines for pharmaceutical industries using NLP technologies(from text to machine understandable formats) and modeling them into a semantic regulation where reasoning and inference  tools can be applied in order to provide the regulatory compliance management support. In particular, the project involves the application of tools and technologies such as GATE and processing resources, JAPE (POS based grammar), Gazetteers (general and ontology based), ontology (OWL DL), reasoners (Pellet, Fact++, HermiT), rule engines(Jess).

I obtained my BSc in Biology and MSc in Botany from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in 1996 and 1999 respectively. I was a Botany lecturer at St. Xavier’s College, Tribhuvan University from 2000 to 2001. My extreme desires in computing made me pursue a career in computing, which I fulfilled by achieving an MSc in Computing at Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Since then I have been studying as a PhD student at the same University.