Disease diagnostics for low-resource settings

Project Student Supervisors External partners Funder
Development of molecularly imprinted polymer based sensor arrays for detection of pathogenic bacteria Meltem Agar Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Hannah Leese, Dr Maisem Laabei Ministry of Education, Turkey
Diagnostic sensors for HIV management in low-resource settings Katarzyna Białas Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Despina Moschou, Prof Mark Lindsay Rhodes University - South Africa; Right to Care - South Africa; University College London Roger & Sue Whorrod PhD Studentship
Rapid microfluidic diagnostic tools for fighting antimicrobial resistance Kirandeep Gill Dr Nuno Reis, Dr Pedro Estrela EPSRC Doctoral Training Award
Globally accessible diagnostic microscopy: creating locally producible, automated microscopes to improve available diagnostics Joe Knapper Dr Richard Bowman, Dr Neill Campbell University of Cambridge; Ifakara Health Institute at Bagamoyo - Tanzania University Research Studentship
Multifunctional devices for rapid point-of-care diagnostics Yasemin Mustafa Dr Hannah Leese, Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Despina Moschou University Research Studentship
Development of a low-cost microfluidic transducer for electric noise diagnostics of bacterial infections in low resource settings Soraia Oliveira Dr Nuno Reis, Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Brian Jones University of Coimbra - Portugal Roger & Sue Whorrod PhD Studentship
NanoSense: Nanomaterial printed electronics for advanced, low-cost on-body health monitoring João Santos Dr Matthew Cole, Dr Pedro Estrela Aixtron; University of Texas at Austin - USA Roger & Sue Whorrod PhD Studentship
Smart traps for Chagas disease: employing microfluidics and machine learning to develop kissing bug traps for use throughout Latin America Jamie Thompson Dr Nicholas Priest, Dr Stefan Bagby, Dr Despina Moschou, Dr Ben Adams, Prof Sam Sheppard Roger & Sue Whorrod PhD Studentship
Detect, treat and tell: skin patches to sense infection and indicate recovery Joe Turner Dr Hannah Leese, Dr Pedro Estrela Abbott Diabetes Care Abbott Diabetes Care / EPSRC Doctoral Training Award
Printed biosensors for next generation sepsis point-of-care diagnostic Lab-on-Chip microsystems Uroš Župančič Dr Despina Moschou, Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr John Campbell Wyss Institute at Harvard University - USA University Research Studentship / Rosetrees Trust

Technologies for personalised management of non-communicable diseases

Project Student Supervisors External partners Funders
Electrochemical biosensors for cancer diagnostics and treatment management Josephine Aidoo-Brown Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Despina Moschou University Research Studentship
Field-effect transistors for microfluidic interfacial biosensing Angel Cascarino Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Despina Moschou University of Coimbra - Portugal University Research Studentship
A Lab-on-PCB biomedical diagnostic platform for on-chip protein preconcentration Grace Maxted Dr Despina Moschou, Dr Pedro Estrela EPSRC Doctoral Training Award
Surface-tethered styrene maleic acid lipid particles (SMALPs) towards the application of membrane proteins in devices George Neville Prof Karen Edler, Dr Paul Whitley, Dr Pedro Estrela EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies
Expanding the sensitivity of Lab-on-PCB diagnostic microsystems via inkjet printed FETs Sotiris Papamatthaiou Dr Despina Moschou, Dr Pedro Estrela Nanyang Technical University - Singapore University Research Studentship
Autoantibody sensing for early diagnosis and subsequent monitoring of rheumatic diseases Victoria Riddell Dr Stefan Bagby, Dr Pedro Estrela, Prof Neil McHugh University of Exeter Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases
Coordination chemistry approaches to new biosensors and imaging tools and the elucidation of their interactions with cancer cells Alex Simmons Prof Sofia Pascu, Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Charareh Pourzand University Research Studentship
Self-powered piezoelectric sensors for wearable medical devices Zois Tsikriteas Dr Hamideh Khanbareh DST Innovations / EPSRC Doctoral Training Award

Technologies to improve water quality for better human health

Project Student Supervisors External partners Funders
Monitoring community health through wastewater based epidemiology: new analytical framework and technological approaches towards community infectious disease diagnostics James Boxall-Clasby Prof Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Dr Pedro Estrela, Prof Edward Feil EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies
Development of innovative plant microbial fuel cells for energy harvesting solutions in remote and poor areas of the world Jakub Dziegielowski Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Dr Benjamin Metcalfe University Research Studentship
Bio-electrochemical sensors for water quality monitoring: sensor development and signal processing Dolores Gonzalez Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Dr Petra Cameron, Prof Jan Hofman EPSRC CDT in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE)
Integrated biosensing platform for waterborne pathogen detection: improving public health Joshua Rainbow Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo Public Health England; Cardiff University; Wyss Institute at Harvard University - USA NERC CDT in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT)
Ionic diodes based on cellulosic materials as microsensors Abigail Thompson Prof Frank Marken, Prof Janet Scott, Dr Pedro Estrela EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Other Health Technologies

Project Student Supervisors External partners Funders
Artificial intelligence for the neural control of upper limb prosthetics Tom Donnelly Dr Benjamin Metcalfe, Dr Uriel Martinez Hernandez UKRI CDT in in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (AI-ART)
Jazz Ghataora Dr Susanne Gebhard
Sensory feedback for upper-limb prostheses Leen Jabban Dr Benjamin Metcalfe, Dr Dingguo Zhang, Dr Ben Ainsworth OpenBionics University Research Studentship / Brian Nicholson Studentship / Esther Parkin Trust / Anthony Best Studentship
AI-inspired closed loop electrical neuromodulation in multiple domains Mafalda Ribeiro Dr Benjamin Metcalfe, Dr Michael Proulx, Dr Christof Lutteroth UKRI CDT in in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (AI-ART)