Projects per year
I am interested in the development and implementation of electrochemical sensors and systems that can be used at low cost in a wide range of different scenarios for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms.
My doctoral research was based upon the identification of P. aeruginosa using screen printed carbon electrodes, for detection of pulmonary exacerbations in people with cystic fibrosis. Since then, this project has received innovateUK funding, in conjunction with the Strathclyde spinout Ohmedics, to develop a lung infection monitor for the detection of infection-causing microorganisms in sputum samples.
I deliver teaching in Biomedical Electronics at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and a small amount of undergraduate Cell Biology. I have also been responsible for MSc and MRes student research projects and currently co-supervise three Engineering Doctorate students.
Prior my time at the University of Strathclyde, I worked in the defence sector for nine years in a wide range of roles including Principal Engineer and Project Manager. I have experience in managing and delivering complex projects, systems engineering and people management. I use my experience from industry on a daily basis to increase my effectiveness in my current role.
Existing research interests:
- Near patient real time diagnostic medical device development.
- Low cost sensors for the detection of pathogenic microorganisms.
- Integration of microbial sensor platforms into healthcare and telehealth infrastructure.
Developing research interests:
- Electrochemical application of screen printed electrodes for biosensing applications.
- Implementation of environmental sensors in resource poor environments to rapidly identify epidemic threats such as Vibiro cholerae.
- Fully integrated sensor systems, combining sensor and detection system on a single disposable substrate.
- Detection of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms within microorganisms through the implementation of molecularly imprinted polymers on screen printed sensors.
Expertise & Capabilities
I have multidisciplinary skills in biomedical engineering, electrochemistry and microbiology. From my previous roles in industry, I have strong project management skills, people management skills and technical skills in systems engineering.
I deliver Biomedical Electronics teaching to postgraduate and undergraduate students. In addition, I deliver a small amount of Cell Biology teaching to undergraduate students. I also have experience supervising masters level and doctoral level students.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology since 2004
Member of the Microbiology Society since 2014
I am registered as a student for a PGCert in Academic Practice at the University of Strathclyde
1/10/16 → 1/10/20
Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution book
Development of a needle shaped microelectrode for electrochemical detection of the sepsis biomarker interleukin-6 (IL-6) in real timeRussell, C., Ward, A. C., Vezza, V., Hoskisson, P., Alcorn, D., Steenson, D. P. & Corrigan, D. K., 1 Feb 2019, In : Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 126, p. 806-814 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Supplementary information for: "Electrochemical detection of oxacillin resistance with SimpleStat: a low cost integrated potentiostat and sensor platform"
Ward, A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 9 Apr 2019
Student thesis: Master's Thesis