Optical Biosensors and Biophotonics

Our Research

Optical waveguide sensors for highly sensitive detection and quantification of cytokines in biological fluids

The detection of low levels of cytokines in biological matrices is currently limiting for a range of research and clinical diagnostic applications. This is particularly true for our studies on the inflammation biology of the nervous system. The limiting factors for our studies are sensitivity, sample size and interference from complex proteins or molecules. We are developing optical waveguide sensor technology for cytokine detection and quantification. Our aim is to provide a sensitive, simple assay for the detection of cytokines to provide further evidence for the role of inflammatory proteins in neurological function.

Collaboration between

Tracy Melvin (Optoelectronics Research Centre)
James Wilkinson (Optoelectronics Research Centre)
Hugh Perry (School of Biological Sciences)
Jessica Teeling (School of Biological Sciences) 

Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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