I was appointed at the School of Chemistry Bangor University in 2009 and began managing the Electrochemistry and Biosensors Group. Since 2009 I had quadrupled the size of that group and converted it to the Applied Research in Chemistry and Health team. I am now fortunate to have been appointed a Professor of Research at XJTLU (March 2020) where I am in the early stages of forming a new international group as well as taking over as the Head of the Department of Chemistry. I have supervised 15 Ph.Ds. and 12 M.Scs. students to completion.
The strategy for my research is firmly centred on high-value research at the interface of biology and chemistry which has afforded me a strong track record of working with both industry and academia. Thus far I have filed 11 patents, secured £4.7M in funding (81% as PI with a 52% success rate).
My extensive industrial links have helped with the consideration of the commercial consequence and direction of the research. In essence, the network has been established with my team’s support has enabled me to:
- Appointed 23 members of staff to meet the outcomes of the grants and sustained their employment either within or outside my team
- Utilised the IP to form a spinout company which has attracted prestigious High Potential Starts support and is now part of the Accelerated Growth Program
- Serve on a World Health Organisation international sensors steering group
- Gained support for our research from the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases
- Established the first and only category II laboratories within the School of Chemistry
- Produce multiple press releases including the BBC
- Become a grant reviewer for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and the Medical Research Council
- Organised a Royal Society of Chemistry conference on TB diagnostics as well as five other fully funded multidisciplinary conferences