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Gerard Markx was recently appointed as Professor in Bioprocessing at Heriot-Watt University. Before his appointment at Heriot-Watt he was in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. Prof Markx's research is primarily aimed at the development of novel physical techniques for the characterisation, separation and micromanipulation of cells. He has particularly strong expertise in the study of the dielectric properties of cells and its applications, but also has interests in other techniques such as ultrasound and optical techniques. Research efforts within his research group concentrate on the investigation of multicellular systems such as tissues and biofilms, investigating how they emerge, how they can be artificially created, and what consequences architecture has for cellular growth, activity and differentiation. A range of microbial, plant and animal cells are used in the experiments. To be able to create and investigate biomaterials with spatial structure at the micro scale you have to be able to grow cells, investigate their properties, separate them, bring them together selectively and in the right position and orientation, and immobilize them. In addition, you have to be able to monitor subsequent changes in cell numbers, cell properties and cell activity. As a result, the research group has an interest in a wide variety of techniques, including cell culture, analytical biotechnology, miniaturisation and microfabrication, separation technology and modelling. The work has applications in a variety of areas, in particular tissue engineering/regenerative medicine and environmental biotechnology.


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  • Coating method

    Ahmed, R. & Markx, G. H., 14 Nov 2018, Patent No. EP2435602, 28 May 2010, Priority date 28 May 2009, Priority No. GB20090009183

    Research output: Patent

  • Coating Method

    Ahmed, R. & Markx, G. H., 19 Jan 2016, Patent No. US 9,237,989 B2, 19 Nov 2013, Priority date 28 May 2010, Priority No. PCT/GB2010/001073

    Research output: Patent

    Open Access
  • New Approaches for Bringing the Uncultured into Culture

    L’Haridon, S., Markx, G., Ingham, C. J., Paterson, L., Duthoit, F. & Le Blay, G., 4 Jun 2016, The Marine Microbiome: An Untapped Source of Biodiversity and Biotechnological Potential. Stal, L. J. & Cretoiu, M. S. (eds.). Springer, p. 401-434 34 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    7 Citations (Scopus)
  • Three-dimensional optofluidic device for isolating microbes

    Keloth, A., Paterson, L., Markx, G. H. & Kar, A. K., 2015, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIII. Gray, BL. & Becker, H. (eds.). Bellingham: SPIE, 6 p. 93200Z. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 9320).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Biofilm architecture

    Schuster, J. J. & Markx, G. H., 2014, In: Advances in Biochemical Engineering Biotechnology. 146, p. 77-96 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    20 Citations (Scopus)
  • Fellow of the IChemE

    Markx, Gerard (Recipient), 17 Mar 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society