Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy



Find out which members of staff are involved in the Sensors research theme.


Sensors is one of our 10 main research themes. Find out about what we do, and which members of staff are involved.

Synthetic biology has the potential to have a significant impact in the development of new sensors.

This is especially the case for custom-designed molecular recognition reagents.

And, for biological sensors for diagnostics and monitoring based on engineered organisms.

We are able to engineer and fine-tune bacterial sensing systems. We can then couple these systems to micro-device technologies. These can provide quantifiable outputs in real time.

This ability will lead to the development of sensors which can be applied in a variety of areas. These areas include:

  • medical diagnostics and epidemiology
  • environmental monitoring
  • process control
  • agriculture

Find out about our research theme staff members.


Dr David Bolam
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8711

Professor Colin Harwood
Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3221

Dr John Hedley
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6002

Dr Ben Horrocks
Reader in Physical Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5619

Dr Neil Keegan
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3678

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8520

Professor Keith Scott
Professor of Electrochemical Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8771