Health and food

Our group is a multidisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and chemical engineers, working closely with biologists and biomedical scientists in academia, industry and government and academia to provide novel modelling, analysis and engineering approaches for samples and systems relevant to healthcare and food.

Research areas

Our research interests are split into three main areas:

Engineering and validation of biomaterials

Our researchers are designing novel materials and structures to recapitulate features of healthy or diseased human tissue, e.g., cancer, bone (Velliou, Carta, Roth). We also use materials to design novel wearable sensors (Crean) as well as for encapsulating drugs and active molecules for targeted drug delivery (Whelligan, Roth, Howlin, Sacchi, Liu, Chen, Cai). Our multidisciplinary research in this area enables the delivery of low-cost animal free technologies for drug and disease screening, therefore accelerating their delivery from bench to bed.

Development of novel analytical tools for healthcare

Our researchers (Bailey, Crean, Felipe-Sotelo, Al-Sid Cheikh, de Jesus, Costa, Lewis) are working with academia and industry internationally to pioneer new approaches in the analysis of tissues, cells and biological fluids.

This includes high spatial resolution imaging and depth profiling of molecular and elemental components in cells and tissues, non- invasive sampling strategies for therapeutic drug monitoring and diagnostics and point of care sensor technologies. We have unique tools for analysis of biological samples, including the EPSRC-funded National Ion Beam Centre for trace element imaging, Nano-extraction Facility for single cell and tissue analysis and Raman Spectroscopy as well as a NERC-funded facility for Laser induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. 

Food characterisation and processing

Our researchers (Felipe-Sotelo, Sears, Ward, Short, Lian, Chen) are developing cutting edge analytical and modelling approaches to characterise foods and optimise their processing. Furthermore, we are working closely with industry on designing novel emerging sustainable decontamination approaches (Velliou, Bussemaker) for achieving food safety and for mapping and controlling the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of food related pathogens from farm to fork.

Our team

A list of publications can be found on each of our team members profiles, if you'd like to find out more about what they are working on.

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Dr Melanie Bailey

Theme Leader for Health and Food Technologies, EPSRC Fellow, and Reader in Analytical Science

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Dr Maya Al Sid Cheikh

Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry

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Dr Natalie Belsey

Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Scientist at NPL

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Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Dr Qiong Cai

Reader in Chemical and Process Engineering

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Dr Daniela Carta

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

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Dr Tao Chen

Professor

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Dr Carol Crean

Reader in Physical Chemistry

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Dr Monica Felipe-Sotelo

Lecturer in Radiation and Analytical Chemistry

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Dr Brendan Howlin

Senior Lecturer in Computational Chemistry

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Dr Lian Liu

Research Centre manager

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Dr Peter Roth

Lecturer in Applied Organic/Polymer Chemistry and School Postgraduate Research Director

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Dr Marco Sacchi

Royal Society University Research Fellow

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Dr Patrick Sears

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Analysis

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Dr Michael Short

Lecturer of Chemical and Process Engineering

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Dr Eirini Velliou

Visiting Senior Lecturer

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Professor Neil Ward

Emeritus Professor in Analytical Chemistry

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Dr Daniel Whelligan

Senior Lecturer in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry

Postdoctoral research associates

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Dr Natalie Belsey

Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Scientist at NPL

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Dr Catia Costa

Research Fellow

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Janella De Jesus

Research Fellow in Mass Spectrometry and Ion Beam Imaging

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Holly-May Lewis

Postgraduate research student