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Personal Statement

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where I am a member of Prof. Stuart Reid's research group. I am currently working on the development and production of a novel bioreactor which applies nanoscale forces to mesenchymal stem cells in order to create osteoblasts, or bone building tissue, and the application of this technology directly to patients.


I carried out my doctoral research in the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow where I designed, built and operated a servo controlled torsion balance to make the first direct measurement of charging noise. This was a critical measurement for understanding the instrument noise effects of fluctuating electrostatic charges in gravitational wave detectors and aiding the design of future detectors. I also investigated novel methods of reducing surface charges, and therefore charging noise, in gravitational wave detectors using glow and corona discharges.


After my Ph.D. I took a postdoctoral research position in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, a world leading centre for micro and nano-fabrication, at the University of Glasgow. Working as part of a small team, we created and developed an innovative design for a MEMS gravimeter (resulting in a patent (publication number: WO/2016/030435)) which could be used for oil and gas prospecting and gravity surveying.


In my previous job I joined a world leading semiconductor company where I created and developed test plans and test software for complex automotive micro-controllers during NPI (New Product Introduction) and production, ensuring that the product met the customer spec. All device testing was carried out on advanced automated testing equipment such as the Teradyne UltraFlex. As well as testing the devices, I would perform various analyses on test data in order to characterize the device, determine if the product would yield well during production and identify potential yield issues.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Mechanical design and simulation

            Creo/SolidWorks CAD, ANSYS FEA modelling

  • Design of electronic systems

            Bioreactor power supply, amplifier circuitry

  • Low noise instrumentation and sensors

            Capacitive and optical position sensing, interferometry, torsion balance

  • Gravitational Waves

            Detector noise sources, noise modelling

Research Interests

Throughout my career I have always had an interest in precision measurement and instrumentation, gaining valuable experience designing, building and operating several instrument set-ups (including torsion balance and Kelvin probe experiments). I have carried this through to my current research with the development of a novel bioreactor used to promote differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells towards an osteogenic lineage. I am also interested in employing this technology as a wearable device for applying nanoscale vibration directly to patients as a therapy for diseases of the bone, such as osteoperosis.

Industrial Relevance

The research I am working on has huge industrial relevance in the biomedical sector. As well as working closely with collaborators at other universities, I am working with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service to develop and test strategies for scaling up production of mechanically stimulated MSCs. Once large scale production has proven successful this technology will be of interest to national health services, medical research clinics and companies associated with cellular bone products.

In the near future I would like to collaborate with companies/organisations within the following areas:

  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Precision electronics manufacturers
  • International research labs 
  • Medical research clinics
  • National health services

Teaching Interests

I have always enjoyed the lab work/project side of teaching and have consistently been involved in this area in my academic career. I am currently waiting to undertake formal training to become a named supervisor for students involved in nanokicking lab projects in Prof. Reid's lab.

  • I have been an examiner in MSc oral assessments and taken charge of tutorials.
  • I supervise project students and PhD/EngD students in the lab. I help students define and carry out their project as well as review written work/presentations.
  • I teach external students from collaborating institutions about using interferometry for precision displacement measurements.


Education/Academic qualification

University of Glasgow

1 Oct 200830 Sep 2012

Award Date: 25 Jun 2013

1 Sep 20041 Jun 2008

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008


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