University of Hertfordshire

Dr Ian Johnston Associate Professor of Research, Head of the Bioengineering Research Group, BSc(Hons), PhD, FHEA.

Ian Johnston

Dr Ian Johnston Associate Professor of Research, Head of the Bioengineering Research Group, BSc(Hons), PhD, FHEA.

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Dr Ian Johnston is Head of the Bioengineering Research Group, a Senior member of both the Microfluidics & Microengineering Research Group and the Centre for Research in Biodetection Technologies at the University of Hertfordshire.

Providing multidisciplinary research leadership for application of scientific and applied engineering principles to healthcare related challenges. Spanning a range of application areas including microfluidic biological sample processing and detection technologies, antimicrobial nanomaterials for antiviral and antibacterial applications, human gait analysis and neurorehabilitation device development, neuromodulation and measurement of human motor control, and speech, biomedical and brain signal processing and computational modelling.

His research focuses on academic and industrial experimental research into microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices and integrated systems for both laboratory prototype and in-field Biodetection applications. Areas of expertise include droplet microfluidics, EWOD, microfluidic magnetic separation, biological sample processing and microfluidic flow control including micropumping and micromixing. He obtained his PhD in microfluidic systems for erythrocyte investigation from the University of Hertfordshire after obtaining an Honours degree in Physics from the University of Leeds in 1994, and has over 20 years of experience in applied microfluidic systems technology.

Current biodetection R&D project application areas include biowarfare, food security, aquaculture and environmental monitoring, crop protection, woodland & plant biosecurity. Clients and collaborators include the UK MoD and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Porton Down), The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research, Bremerhaven, TTZ Bremerhaven, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, LioniX International, North Bay Shellfish Ltd, Gwent Group, Optisense Ltd., Fera Science Ltd and Bayer Cropscience.

In addition Ian is involved in the design and development of the research-informed taught module, Microengineering & Microtechnology, for the School of Engineering.

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