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Our research focuses on using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to create new approaches to bioanalysis for use in the life and clinical sciences.  SERS is a spectroscopic technique that offers significant advantages over other established techniques such as fluorescence and our research has focused on highlighting the advantages, creating new examples of increased capability in life science applications and interacting with end users to shape future step changes in research.  Our research centres around using the inherent sensitivity of SERS for the detection of target DNA or proteins using signal amplification methods to enhance the signal rather than using target amplification methods such as PCR.  Our work has focussed on exploiting the sensitivity of SERS for quantitative analysis of biomolecules as well as exploiting one of the key advantages of SERS, the ability to analyse multiple analytes in one sample.  This allows more information to be gained per analysis as well as giving information about complex systems that are intrinsically difficult to measure.

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Projects 2006 2023

Research Output 2002 2018

Bayesian modelling and quantification of Raman spectroscopy

Moores, M., Gracie, K., Carson, J., Faulds, K., Graham, D. & Girolami, M., 24 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Applied Statistics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bayesian Modeling
Raman Spectrum Analysis
Raman Spectroscopy
Raman spectroscopy
3 Citations

Development of a label-free Raman imaging technique for differentiation of malaria parasite infected from non-infected tissue

Frame, L., Brewer, J., Lee, R., Faulds, K. & Graham, D., 7 Jan 2018, In : Analyst. 143, 1, p. 157-163 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Data for: "Towards establishing a minimal nanoparticle concentration for applications involving surface enhanced spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SESORS) in vivo"

Nicolson, F. (Creator), Jamieson, L. (Creator), Mabbott, S. (Creator), Plakas, K. (Creator), Shand, N. (Creator), Detty, M. R. (Creator), Graham, D. (Creator), Faulds, K. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 5 Oct 2018


Surface-enhanced Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SESORS) in Tissue Analogs

Asiala, S. (Creator), Shand, N. (Creator), Faulds, K. (Creator), Graham, D. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 5 Apr 2017



Awarded Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Karen Faulds (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Craver Award

Karen Faulds (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vibrational spectroscopy

Activities 2008 2018

International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS)

Karen Faulds (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

PhD Viva Dundee

Karen Faulds (Examiner)
May 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination


Multiple target molecular diagnostics testing provides better diagnostics for healthcare

Duncan Graham (Participant), W. Ewen Smith (Participant), Karen Faulds (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services