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Professor Hywel Morgan BSc, PhD

Professor of Bioelectronics, Deputy Director, Institute for LIfe Sciences

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Professor Hywel Morgan is part of the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.


Hywel Morgan is professor of Bioelectronics and a Royal Society Industry Fellow, with Sharp Labs Europe. He studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor, after which he completed a PhD in biophysics, graduating in 1985. After a post-doc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, he moved to the University of Glasgow in 1993 and was promoted to a personal chair at Glasgow in 2001. In the same year he was awarded a Royal Society-Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for a sabbatical at the University of Oxford. In 2003 he moved to Southampton as Professor of Bioelectronics.

He is a member of the editorial board of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biomicrofluidics, and IET Nanobiotechnology. He has published widely and co-authored a text-book on AC electrokinetics. In 2004 he was awarded the Desty memorial prize for innovation in separation science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.


Research interests

His research interests are concerned with the development of micro and nanofluidic systems with applications in medical and environmental sciences. He has a keen interest in understanding and exploiting the applications of electric fields to biology. He has developed new cell and nano-particle manipulation and characterisation methods, and methods for controlling fluids in micro-systems using electrokinetic and electrohydrodynamic effects.

Research project(s)

Rapid Diagnosis of Allergy to Drugs using a Microfluidic Platform

The aim of this project is to develop a microfluidics-based system for rapid diagnosis of allergy to drugs by integrating cross-disciplinary expertise of microfluidic bioengineering and medicine. This system will require small volumes of blood and provide a cost effective and reliable diagnostic test to determine drug allergy in patients. The study will focus on the separation and activation of human basophils, granulocytic cells which release histamine amongst other mediators in response to a drug allergen.

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