Healthcare Technologies-themed Zoomposium 2: 14 December 2022

Published: 9 November 2022

Dr Negin GHAHREMANI AREKHLOO: ‘Magnetomyography Vs. Electromyography’ Dr Miguel PINEDA: 'Sugar is not just for tea! Moving towards glycan-based therapies and biomaterials' Dr Mark SCULLION: ‘Nanophotonics for sensing, trapping and diagnostics’

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Dr Negin Ghahremani Arekhloo, James Watt School of Engineering

‘Magnetomyography Vs. Electromyography’ 

Traditionally the muscle activity recording is performed by electromyography (EMG) methods. However, they are suffering from poor-spatial resolution. This talk will introduce a novel alternative to the traditional electrical recording of muscle activities called Magnetomyography (MMG). As a medical doctor, through an interdisciplinary Ph.D. project, I am working with engineers to develop and clinically validate magnetic sensors that can capture muscle movements. MMG sensors will be a step towards a better understanding of anatomical architecture and the electromechanical properties of skeletal muscles, which is central to diagnosing and monitoring neuromuscular disorders, motor rehabilitation, robotics, and extended reality.


Dr Miguel Pineda, School of Infection and Immuntity, MVLS  

Sugar is not just for tea! Moving towards glycan-based therapies and biomaterials

I have a background in immunology and inflammation, and I am truly fascinated about glycoscience. Glycans, or sugars, cover the surface of all living cells. My research aims to understand how changes in these molecules regulate cell responses. However, the details of these processes are still unclear, mostly due to the lack of suitable analytical methods. I am interested in forging cross-disciplinary collaborations to shine new light in the field of glycomics, not only to provide more effective ways to investigate pathophysiological changes in cell glycosylation, but also to understand new aspects of cell biology to bridge inflammatory responses, structural glycobiology and physical and mechanical properties of cells both in health and disease. I believe that only a collaborative effort between chemistry, biology and engineering can help us to understand and capitalise on these molecules. Thus, I am keen to work on joint proposals with researchers from CoSE to open new areas of research. 


Dr Mark Scullion, James Watt School of Engineering

Nanophotonics for sensing, trapping and diagnostics’

I have a background in the fabrication, functionalization and application of nanophotonic and microfluidic devices for biosensing. I am particularly interested in collaborating with researchers with samples and problems in life sciences, chemistry and healthcare (e.g. bacteria, antibodies, biochemistry, environmental sensing). Having only started in Glasgow within the last couple of months, I am looking to bring in new capabilities and establish novel chip-scale sensor platforms and applications through grant applications and collaborations.

First published: 9 November 2022