Welcome to the BioEngineering Research Group

BioEngineering apply scientific and applied engineering principles to healthcare related challenges. Their expertise covers microfluidic biological sample processing and detection technologies, antimicrobial nanomaterials for antiviral and antibacterial applications, human gait analysis and neurorehabilitation device development, neuromodulation and measurement of human motor control. They also specialise in speech, biomedical and brain signal processing and computational modelling.

Dr Ian Johnston

Dr Johnston’s research focuses on academic and industrial experimental research into microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices and integrated systems for both laboratory prototype and in-field Biodetection applications. Areas of expertise include droplet microfluidics, EWOD, microfluidic magnetic separation, biological sample processing and microfluidic flow control including micropumping and micromixing.

Current biodetection R&D project application areas include biowarfare, food security, aquaculture and environmental monitoring, crop protection, woodland & plant biosecurity. Clients and collaborators include the UK MoD and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Porton Down), The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research, Bremerhaven, TTZ Bremerhaven, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, LioniX International, North Bay Shellfish Ltd, Gwent Group, Optisense Ltd., Fera Science Ltd and Bayer Cropscience.

Meet the team

Our experts

  • Ian Johnston
  • Daniel McCluskey
  • Guogang Ren
  • Paula Ruiz Hincapie
  • Loic Coudron
  • Christabel Tan
  • Iosif Mporas
  • Amit Pujari
  • Nada Yousif
  • Yuen Cheong

Get in touch

For enquiries and the opportunity to work with the BioEngineering Research Group, please contact Dr Ian Johnston, BioEngineering Research Group Leader.