Heriot-Watt University (HWU)

17 hwuWith a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University is a research intensive university with campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai. It delivers degree programs to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world; it has the largest international student cohort in Scotland. The university is organized in Schools, including the Schools of the Built Environment, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Management and Languages, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Petroleum Engineering and Textiles and Design. The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) includes departments of Physics, Chemistry, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. Within EPS extensive relevant experience exists in photonics, electronics, robotics, microfabrication and biochemical engineering. The university has a strong expertise in the exploration and exploitation of marine environment, including the development of autonomous robotic and sensor systems for offshore, marine science, renewable energy and security applications. The School of Life Sciences encompasses the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology (CMBB) and has relevant expertise in marine ecology and the isolation, growth and analysis of marine microorganisms and their products.


Contact person: Gerard Markx (G.H.Markx@hw.ac.uk)

Website: www.hw.ac.uk


Role of HWU in MaCuMBA:

Heriot-Watt University main contribution will be in the development of hardware and equipment for high throughput isolation, cultivation and screening. The main activities will comprise: (i) the development of electrokinetic, optical and optoelectronic techniques for cell isolation (ii) the development of techniques for the construction of microbial aggregates/consortia (iii) the construction of microbioreactors for novel (co)culture systems (iv) the development of integrated optical and electrical sensor systems for cell cultures.


Profile of staff engaged in the project:

Gerard Markx

Prof. Gerard Markx obtained his first degree (Ingenieur Chemical Engineering) at Delft University. Following a PhD in microbiology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth he worked for 7 years as a researcher in an electronics department in the University of Bangor, Wales. After 10 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in 2007 he became professor of Bioprocessing at Heriot-Watt University. His research concentrates on the use of physical particle characterization, manipulation and separation methods in biotechnology and bioprocessing. Current emphasis is on the development of novel culture systems, sensors for the on-line measurement of biomass, and the study of cellular interactions within biofilms and tissues.
Lynn Paterson Dr Lynn Paterson obtained a BSc degree in Molecular Biology at Glasgow University in 1999 and was awarded her PhD in 2004 from St Andrews University. In 2004-2007 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at St Andrews, working on projects ranging from all-optical cell sorting to photoporation of mammalian cells. She joined Heriot-Watt University in July 2007 as a Lecturer in Physics.
Joanne Porter Dr Joanne Porter obtained a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After obtaining a PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea she continued her research career there until 2003, when she became Lecturer in Marine Biology in Aberystwyth University in Wales. In 2009 she was appointed Lecturer in Marine Biology in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. Throughout her career her research has focused on the evolution, taxonomy, chemical ecology and microbiology of marine Bryozoa.


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