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Research interests

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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cell aggregates Agriculture & Biology
electric field Agriculture & Biology
Trichosporon Medicine & Life Sciences
Microtechnology Medicine & Life Sciences
Mycobacterium smegmatis Medicine & Life Sciences
Chemical Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
tissue engineering Agriculture & Biology
cells Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2008 2018

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
coating
plasma spraying
spraying
sprayers
calcium phosphates

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 International Publishing, p. 401-434 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

microorganism
genome
technological development
targeting
seawater

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

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 journalArticle

Biofilms
Chemical Phenomena
Biofuels
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Prizes

Fellow of the IChemE

Gerard Markx (Recipient), 17 Mar 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

biophysics
bioengineering
physical science
leadership
physics