Dr Neil Keegan
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: neil.keegan@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3678
  • Address: Room M1.191
    Institute of Cellular Medicine
    Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologies
    The Medical School
    University of Newcastle
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH

Research Interests

Neil has experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, nanotechnology and biosensors, this breadth of training overlaps in many areas, especially the need for an understanding of proteins and their potential application. Neil uses proteins and other molecules out of context, providing the essential specificity at sensor surfaces, which can result in the direct detection of important analytes in complex matrices. An academic in the Institute of Cellular Medicine, embedded within the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies group, Neil strongly believes in multidisciplinary research and its advantages for the quality of scientific output. This is illustrated by current interest in the development of biological, microbial, or chemical sensors based on microelectromechanical systems (bio-MEMS). 

Current Funding 

High Frequency Degenerate Mode Acoustic Sensors (DSAW): EPSRC Project (£778k, Nov 2012 - Oct 2015)

The Multi-Corder: EPSRC Programme Grant (£3.4M, May 2013 - May 2017)

Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases: EPSRC IRC (£11.1M, Oct 2013 - Sept 2018) 


Current and Recent PhD Supervision

  • Principal Supervisor, Katie Griffiths - September 2012- September 2015.


  • Co-Supervisor, Beth Lawry - September 2012- September 2015.


  • Co-Supervisor, Carl Dale - November 2007 - October 2011.


Postgraduate Teaching

  • MRes MMB8017 Nanomaterials in Healthcare Technologies. 


  • MSc Module MEC8012 Microsystems Engineering.


  • MRes Project Supervisor.


  • MSc Medical Sciences Tutor


 Undergraduate Teaching

  • Stage 3 BGM3039 Biotechnology.


  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Tutor.


  • Supervisor BSc Projects.