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Research Interests

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

Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Buchanan, Craig

Graham, D., Faulds, K. & Buchanan, C.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


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

Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Fergusson, Jodie

Faulds, K., Graham, D. & Fergusson, J.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


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

Research Output 2002 2019

3D Bioprinting of mature bacterial biofilms for antimicrobial resistance drug testing

Ning, E., Turnbull, G., Clarke, J., Picard, F., Riches, P., Vendrell, M., Graham, D., Wark, A. W., Faulds, K. & Shu, W., 13 Sep 2019, In : Biofabrication. 11, 4, 13 p., 045018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microbial Drug Resistance
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Detection of cardiovascular disease associated miR-29a using paper-based microfluidics and surface enhanced Raman scattering

Mabbott, S., Fernandes, S. C., Schechinger, M., Cote, G., Faulds, K., Mace, C. R. & Graham, D., 28 Nov 2019, In : Analyst.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Raman Spectrum Analysis
cardiovascular disease
Raman scattering


Awarded Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Karen Faulds (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Charles Mann Award

Karen Faulds (Recipient), Oct 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2019

Euroanalysis 2019

Karen Faulds (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Sep 2019

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


Karen Faulds (Speaker)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


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