Kirch Czarina Quijano

Senior Research Associate

As a Senior Research Associate, Kirch Czarina Quijano performs tasks across multiple projects involving bio-based materials in collaboration with industry partners and academic institutions. Her foremost responsibilities include process development and scale-up as well as client communication, technology transfer, and execution of fermentation and downstream processing projects.

Kirch was introduced to bioprocessing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, concentrating in biomolecular sciences. While at UCLA, she interned at UC Santa Barbara’s Chmelka research laboratory whose goal is to use proteins as mobile chargers for supercapacitors. She also interned at Keck Graduate Institute where she assisted in developing a theoretical manufacturing and regulatory approval scheme for a monoclonal antibody drug against COVID-19. Before ABPDU, Kirch attended UC Berkeley where she received her master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering.


  • Master of Bioprocess Engineering (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (University of California, Los Angeles)

Professional Experience

  • Bioprocessing Training and Education Program Intern (Keck Graduate Institute)
  • Intern at Chmelka Research Laboratory (University of California, Santa Barbara)