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PhD projects

PhD projects opportunities are available, but dependent on funding. Please check www.mackenzie-lab.org and/or email Lewis for details.

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Group website: www.mackenzie-lab.org

Dr Lewis E. MacKenzie is a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, leading a small highly-focused interdisciplinary research team. The team’s research focuses on the development of nanosensors for biosensing, with a current focus on non-invasive measurement of blood and tissue oxygenation. The end-goal of this research is to improve the efficiency quality of hypoxia measurements in biomedical research. Dr MacKenzie is also interested in biophotonics, imaging, spectroscopy, microscopy, circularly polarised luminescence for chiral molecules, optical instrumentation, and science communication. Dr MacKenzie can offer project opportunities for masters-level and PhD students. Please email directly for details.


Career Timeline:

2021 onwards: Chancellor’s Fellow (Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde).

2020 – 2023: BBSRC Discovery Fellow (initially hosted by the Pal group at Durham, then as independent group leader at Strathclyde from 2021 onwards).

2017 – 2020: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Pal group, Department of Chemistry, Durham University).

2016 – 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Millner BioNanoTechnology Group, School of Biomedical Science, University of Leeds).

2012 – 2016: PhD Researcher (Imaging Concepts Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow)

Research Interests

The MacKenzie NanoBioPhotonics group currently focus on these interdisciplinary research themes:

  1. Upconversion nanoparticles: synthesis, design, and functionalization.
  2. Nanobiosensing: oxygen measurement in blood, cells, and tissue.
  3. Applied optics: imaging and spectroscopy
  4. Quantitative science communication: science podcast and chemistry YouTube channels

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Academic / Professional qualifications

Ph.D. 2016. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow. Thesis title: 'In vivo oximetry using multispectral imaging'. Supervisor: Prof. Andy Harvey.

M.Sc. Astrophysics. 2012. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow.

B.Sc. (Hons). Physics and Astronomy. 2011. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow.


Expertise & Capabilities

Upconversion nanoparticles, nanosensors, biophotonics, blood oximetry, tissue optics, imaging, optical instrumentation, spectroscopy, chiral spectroscopy, circularly polarised luminescence (CPL), science communication and new media.

Teaching Interests

Dr MacKenzie currently teaches CH213 'Handling Chemical Data and Mathematics' as part of the level 2 undergraduate Chemistry curriculum.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Physics and Astronomy (2011), University of Glasgow

Master in Science, MSc Astrophysics (2012), University of Glasgow

Doctor of Science, In vivo microvascular oximetry using multispectral imaging (2016), University of Glasgow


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