Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr Neil Keegan

Senior Lecturer


Research Interests

Neil has experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, nanotechnology and biosensors, this breadth of training overlaps in many areas. For example, the need for an understanding of proteins and their potential applications out of context, providing the essential specificity at sensor surfaces, which can result in the direct detection of important analytes in complex matrices. In addition, Neil is interested in the development of next generation molecular diagnostics as near-patient technology platforms for rapid, quantitative measurement of markers of disease and their use in remote monitoring and management. An academic in the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, embedded within the Molecular Mechanisms of Life theme and 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 and Recent Funding 

i-sense2, IRC in Agile Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance: EPSRC IRC (£4.3M, October 2018 -September 2023).

Ultra-Sensitive Enhanced NanoSensing of Anti-Microbial Resistance (u-Sense): EPSRC IRC Next Steps Plus award (£1.39M October 2018 - August 2023).

Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases: EPSRC IRC (£11.1M, Oct 2013 - Sept 2019) 

Personal Risk Assessment in Febrile Illness to Optimize Real-life Management Across the EU (PERFORM): EC H2020 (Jan 2016 - Dec 2020).

The Multi-Corder: EPSRC Programme Grant (£3.4M, May 2013 - May 2018)

High Frequency Degenerate Mode Acoustic Sensors (DSAW): EPSRC Project Grant (£778k, Nov 2012 - Oct 2016)


Examples of Current and Recent PhD Supervision

  • Principal Supervisor Matthew Setterfield September 2017 - September 2021
  • Principal Supervisor Hannah Swinburne September 2014 - September 2018.
  • Co-Supervisor Sinziana Popescu  December 2013 - December 2017.
  • Principal Supervisor, Katie Griffiths - September 2012 - September 2016.
  • Co-Supervisor, Beth Lawry - September 2012 - September 2015.
  • Co-Supervisor, Carl Dale - November 2007 - October 2011.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • MRes Project Supervisor.
  • MSc. Medical Sciences Tutor.
  • MSc. Medical Sciences Chair of the Board of Examiners

 Undergraduate Teaching

  • Module Leader Stage 3 Medical Biotechnology, BGM3039.
  • Supervisor BSc. Projects.
  • BSc. Biomedical Sciences Tutor.