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Dr Tracy Melvin is part of the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Tracy Melvin obtained her PhD from University College London. After post-docs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and the Max Planck Institut fuer Strahlenchemie, Germany, she worked in the MRC Radiation and Genome Stability Unit on direct ionisation and enzymatic detection of DNA damage. After researching in the area of charge-migration in DNA, she became interested in the interface of microsystems and microelectronics with biochemistry and took up a research post in the CNRS working at the Centre de Biophysique Molelaire and the Laboratoire de Physique et Metrologie des Oscillateurs, France.

Tracy Melvin began work at the University of Southampton in September 2000.

Research interests

Tracy Melvin is interested in the areas of optical microdevices for bioanalysis and self-assembled photonic and electronic devices. Her research activities are based in the Optoelectronic Research Centre where she leads a team with academic backgrounds from biology to electronic engineering. Her research crosses the medical science - micro-optical device interface and includes bionanotechnology methods. On-going projects include optical technology for stem cell biology, microfluidic-optical methods for the analysis of long genomic DNA fragments (relevant to cancer diagnosis) and microfluidic-optical devices for the sensitive detection of proteins (cytokines) from microlitre volumes of serum. The focus of her research is to create technologies to provide the potential to answer bioscience questions, that are difficult or cannot be answered in any other way.

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