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Institute for Life Sciences

Gareth Evans PhD in Engineering and Physical Sciences, First Year, 2018

Post-Graduate Researcher

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Droplet Microfluidics for Continuous Chemical Sensing

In many areas of science and technology innovations come from the fringes of established fields, interdisciplinary research is particularly good at driving innovation as it brings in new perspectives and talent to the research field.


Before beginning my PhD, I graduated with 1st class honours in Biomedical Engineering from University of Ulster. It was during this that I developed an interest in the development of sensors for chemical biomarkers, with my main project being “Characterisation of a Novel Antibody Mimic: A New Approach to Assessing Animal Welfare”. I was also awarded 2nd place in the 2014 McColgan Innovation Award for my proposal of a “Biomarker test for Major Depressive Disorder and Suicide Risk”. During my undergraduate degree, I also completed a 12-month placement at Medtronic inc. and shorter placements with various groups at NIBEC (Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre).

My research project is focused on the development of a wearable continuous monitoring device for metabolites measured in tissue based around droplet microfluidics and small scale sensor technologies. This has included the development of new approaches to droplet generation using pulsed flows and small scale instrumentation suitable for point of care monitoring (Presented at MicroTAS 2016).

Based at: Engineering and Physical Sciences, Building 13, University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ.


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