Damion Corrigan

Lecturer B

Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2016 as a Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in Health Technologies.  I have a background in electrochemical sensing and analytical chemistry having obtained a PhD in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Cranfield University (Supervisor - Prof Sergey Piletsky) followed by Post-Doctoral positions at the University of Southampton (with Prof Phil Bartlett FRS) and at the University of Edinburgh (with Prof Andy Mount and Dr Till Bachmann).

My research interests include biosensors, biologically modified electrodes and development of electrochemical devices for medical sensing and drug delivery applications.  Past projects have included the development of a rapid point of care test for MRSA, development of a portable measurement system for DNA fingerprinting and development of micro and nano electrodes for biomedical sensing. Current projects within the group include the detection and identification of bacterial pathogens for the diagnosis of sepsis and drug resistant infections.

I also have expertise of electrochemical sensing in harsh and extreme environments and aqueous & non aqueous electroplating techniques.  I was involved in developing a microelectrode sensor for use in nuclear fuel reprocessing (as part of the EPSRC sponsored "REFINE" project) and was recently involved in setting up a national laboratory for nuclear fuel reprocessing research at the University of Edinburgh.  During this project I developed strong links with the National Nuclear Laboratory and carried out experiments at NNL Central Lab - Sellafield.

My work is often highly interdisciplinary involving industrial partners (e.g. GSK, National Nuclear Laboratory and AstraZeneca) and projects rely on close collaboration with other academics, including: clinicians, microbiologists, electrical engineers and chemists.

Teaching Interests

I currently contribute to the following courses in the Department of Biomedical Engineering -

Cell Biology II (BE207) - for this module I provide a series of lectures on physical, genetic and molecular techniques for cell biology.  Topics include: optical spectroscopies, radiochemistry, microscopy techniques, electrophoresis, chromatography, ELISA, blotting, flow cytometry, PCR, DNA sequencing and genetic engineering of microorganisms.

Research Methods (BE428) - for this module I provide a series of lectures concerned with statistical techniques and their application towards the analysis and intepretation of experimental data.

Research Interests

My research activities include the development of biomedical assays; achieved through combining research on sensor surface chemistry, electrode fabrication, assay development and device engineering.

Areas of particular expertise include: electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), microelectrodes (fabrication, characterisation and response interpretation), biological probe development and sensitive DNA & biomarker detection.

I also have an interest in developing microelectrode sensors for industrial processing applications.

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