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Research interests

  • Lab On A Chip
  • Pre-analytics
  • Microfluidics
  • Blood preparation
  • circulating cell-free nucleic acid extraction : DNA, RNA, miRNA
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Sustainability of medical devices


Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas is a Professor in Microfluidic Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. She is the co-academic lead for the Global Research Institute in Health & Care Technologies with Prof Robert Thomson. 

She holds a research MSc degree in micro and nanotechnologies from the Technical University of Lille (France), and an MSc degree from the Institut Superieur de l’Electronique et du Numerique (Brest-Lille, France). She was awarded a PhD at Heriot-Watt in July 2010. This study involved the development of a microfluidic chip for blood plasma extraction for detection of cell-free nucleic acids (DNA, RNA).  In 2012 she was awarded a five year Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship to develop microfluidic systems for prenatal diagnostics. In 2014 she was elected as a member of EPSRC Early Career forum in Manufacturing Research and entered the Young Academy of Scotland. In 2018 she was awarded a £1M EPSRC Healthcare Technology Challenge Award to develop total pre-analytical systems for cfDNA extraction at the point-of-need. Using this award and pre-commercialisation funding from Scottish Enterprise High Growth Spin Out programme she created with her team CNASafe, and automated platform and patented fluidic cartridge for cfDNA extraction. This technology is now under clinical pilot for use in an integrated workflow (iSEP-SEQ) for the identification of sepsis-causing pathogens. 

Roles & Responsibilities

Academic co-lead of the Global Research Institute in Health & Care Technologies

Member of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Athena SWAN Self-assessment team.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Royal Society of Edinburgh

1 Aug 20161 Aug 2018

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

1 Jan 20141 Jan 2018

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • microengineering
  • TS Manufactures


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