Projects per year
My research is interested in the development of diagnostic tests for a range of important conditions such as antimicrobial resistance, cancerous biomarkers, infectious diseases within livestock farming, and detection of clinically important molecules including dopamine and ascorbic acid. I develop novel, low-cost electrode systems, suitable for use at the point of care. These systems typically exploit electrochemical techniques for the rapid detection of either biomarkers, specific molecules or bacterial growth.
Current projects I am involved with include development of a rapid, antibiotic susceptibility test, a low-cost sensor for the detection of clinically important neurotransmitter dopamine, optimisation of a process for detection of infectious diseases within the agricultural sector.
I have experience in the supervision of final year undergraduate students and postgraduate level students.
I joined the department of Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde in 2018 having previously studied for both my undergraduate degree and PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde. My PhD involved the development of force and temperature sensors based on organic field-effect transistors and ferroelectric materials. During my PhD, I optimised the transistor dielectric layer to provide transistors with low-voltage operation, and transferred a fully vacuum evaporated transistor fabrication process onto flexible plastic foils. I also developed force/temperature sensors using ferroelectric material P(VDF-TrFE), and incorporated these sensors with organic transistors to provide signal amplification and a useful readout signal for applications ranging from touch screen interfaces to electronic skin. Following my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Gardanne, France for 14 months working on stretchable electronics for biosensing applications. During this time, I developed a conformable, stretchable sensor to record bladder wall stretch to aid treatment of conditions such as urinary urge incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome.
My work is highly interdisciplinary involving industrial partners, clinicians, and working alongside other academics such as microbiologists, chemists and electronics engineers.
In terms of teaching, I contribute to the following undergraduate and masters courses in the department of Biomedical Engineering –
BE428 – Professional Studies and Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering
BE207 – Human Cell Biology 2
Improving rational drug prescription: a rapid and low-cost antibiotic susceptibility test for drug resistant/susceptible tuberculosis
1/02/20 → 30/03/20
Project: Internally funded project
Vezza, V. J., Butterworth, A., Lasserre, P., Blair, E. O., MacDonald, A., Hannah, S., Rinaldi, C., Hoskisson, P. A., Ward, A. C., Longmuir, A., Setford, S., Farmer, E. C. W., Murphy, M. E. & Corrigan, D. K., 12 Mar 2021, In: Chemical Communications. 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
Biologically modified microelectrode sensors provide enhanced sensitivity for detection of nucleic acid sequences from Mycobacterium tuberculosisBlair, E. O., Hannah, S., Vezza, V., Avci, H., Kocagoz, T., Hoskisson, P. A., Güzel, F. D. & Corrigan, D. K., 30 Nov 2020, In: Sensors and Actuators Reports. 2, 1, 9 p., 100008.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)
Hannah, S., 9 Jul 2017
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis