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Personal Statement

My research interests include biosensor development, specifically electrochemical and optical measurements involving biologically modified sensors along with development of electrochemical devices for drug delivery.  In the past, I have been involved in the development of a rapid point of care test for MRSA, a spectroelectrochemical measurement for rapid DNA fingerprinting and micro and nano electrode sensors for biomedical sensing.

Current projects under my supervision include -

  • Development of a rapid, comprehensive test for sepsis
  • A diagnostic assay for drug resistant Gram-negative infections
  • Realising the liquid biopsy for improved cancer diagnosis
  • A lab-on-a-chip for multi drug resistant TB diagnosis in low/middle income countries

I am also involved as a co-I in a project concerned with capsule endoscopy. 

My areas of particular interest include: electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), microfabricated sensor systems and microelecrode sensor arrays for multi target diagnostic assays.  In August 2017, along with my collaborators, I was awarded a Longitude Prize Discovery Award in recognition of a project I lead called "Microplate" which is a rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing technology we are currently developing.

I joined Strathclyde in 2016 as a Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in Health Technologies.  I have a background in sensing and analytical chemistry having obtained a PhD in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Cranfield University followed by periods of Post Doctoral research at Southampton and Edinburgh Universities.

I also have expertise of electrochemical sensing in harsh and extreme environments and aqueous & non aqueous electroplating techniques.  I was involved in developing a microelectrode sensor for use in nuclear fuel reprocessing (as part of the EPSRC sponsored "REFINE" project) and was involved in comissioning an open access national facility for nuclear fuel reprocessing research at the University of Edinburgh.  During these projects I developed strong links with the National Nuclear Laboratory and carried out experiments at NNL Central Lab - Sellafield.

My work is often highly interdisciplinary involving industrial partners (e.g. GSK, National Nuclear Laboratory and AstraZeneca) and projects rely on close collaboration with other academics, including: clinicians, microbiologists, electrical engineers and chemists.

Teaching Interests

I currently contribute to the following courses in the Department of Biomedical Engineering -

Cell Biology II (BE207) - Physical Chemistry/Methods in Cell Biology

Research Methods (BE428) - Statistical analysis of data sets

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Projects 2016 2021

DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Williamson, Paul

Corrigan, D., Grant, M. & Williamson, P.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2009 2018

A microelectrode array with reproducible performance shows loss of consistency following functionalization with a self-assembled 6-mercapto-1-hexanol layer

Corrigan, D. K., Vezza, V., Schulze, H., Bachmann, T. T., Mount, A. R., Walton, A. J. & Terry, J. G., 9 Jun 2018, In : Sensors. 18, 6, p. 1891-1902 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self assembled monolayers
2 Citations

Impedimetric measurement of DNA-DNA hybridisation using microelectrodes with different radii for detection of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Quan Li, P., Piper, A., Schmueser, I., Mount, A. R. & Corrigan, D. K., 7 Jun 2017, In : Analyst. 142, 11, p. 1946-1952 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Activities 2009 2018


Corrigan, D. (Participant)
Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Review of RCUK research proposal

Corrigan, D. (Examiner)
Sep 2018

Activity: Examination