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Biosensors - From Fundamentals to Manufacturing Technology and Key Market Drivers

Joanne Holmes, Technical Sales Specialist, Metrohm UK Ltd

Joanne was awarded a degree in Applied Biology by University of Westminster in 2003 whilst working within the SEAC team at Unilever. In 2004 she obtained an MSC in Medical Diagnostics at Cranfield University before undertaking a role as Research Assistant within the university. In 2008 she joined Seamus Higson's electrochemistry group obtaining a PhD in the area. She has recently been appointed as a Research Fellow at Cranfield working on funded projects within the group.

Dr Joanne Holmes is a team member of Cranfield Health’s Translational Medicine group. Her primary research interest is the development of bio- and immunosensors and interrogation of a number of biologically modified surfaces utilising the scanning electrochemical microscope. An application of this work currently underway in the group includes the development of smart wound dressings.

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Sam Tothill, Professor of Biosensors in Health, Cranfield University

Sam has a PhD in Analytical Biochemistry from Cranfield University, where she conducted original research in enzyme catalysis and their application in biotechnology and diagnostics developments. She has MSc in Microbial Biochemistry and was awarded the top student award for her BSc degree.

Sam is a member of the Biochemical Society (UK), the editorial advisory board of the British Journal of Medical Practitioners (BJMP) and the Society of Authors, member of the Biosensors Special Interest Group (BioSIG) steering committee (Sensors and Instrumentation KTN). In addition she has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological physics and Chemistry (JBPC), as MSc Course Director, Deputy Education Director, Associate Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Biosciences and as Director for the Sensors for Water Interest Group (SWIG).

Dr Sam Tothill (Reader in Analytical Biochemistry) leads the analytical biochemistry research activity within Cranfield Health and is Head of Advanced Diagnostics and Sensors Group at Cranfield University, with a group of approximately eight postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Her current interests centre on the diagnostics arena, with research covering the medical, foods and environmental sectors and these include:

- Molecular recognition, sensing and diagnostics development
- Nanotechnology and its application in analytical and life sciences
- The use of bioinformatics tools for novel artificial receptor design and discovery
- Enzymology and biocatalysis

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Yi Ge, Lecturer, Cranfield University

Dr Ge obtained his bachelors degree (1st class Hons) in Biopharmaceutics and went on to an MPhil degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Aston University. Afterwards, he moved to the University of Sheffield for a PhD in Chemistry. He was later employed as a research scientist in a UK pharmaceutical company before becoming a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London. He joined Cranfield Health as a member of academic staff in 2006.

Dr Yi Ge’s current research interests and activities include:

Functionalised nano-materials & biomimetic materials
Advanced sensor and sensing technology
Molecular imprinting
Polymer therapeutics and drug delivery
Besides research, Dr Ge is actively involved in teaching, research student supervision, and consulting. He is the Course Director of the MSc in Nanomedicine, which is the first of its kind in Europe. He is also a key member of the Cranfield team for the delivery of a series of successful short courses and professional training related to nanotechnology in collaboration with the Institute of Nanotechnology. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN) in 2009.

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