Professor Jon Cooper
Vice Prinipal Knowledge Exchange / Wolfson Chair of Engineering
‘Glasgow leads in innovative research, integrating engineering and biology for the benefits of healthcare and industry.’
Professor Jon Cooper holds The Wolfson Chair in Biomedical Engineering and is Vice Principal, leading the University’s strategy in Knowledge Exchange and Innovation. He is an EPSRC Research Fellow and holds a European Research Council Advanced Programme Grant. His major research interests are in medical diagnostics, and he has a track record of spin-out and translation of devices into industry and practice.
In one strand of work, rapid, zero-cost “origami paper” diagnostics are being trialled in rural Uganda as species-specific DNA sensors to identify the cause of infectious disease and inform treatment “in the field”. Further examples include bathroom diagnostics, sold as products on the high street (e.g. Boots the Chemist).
He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK’s national academy of engineering) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy of arts, humanities and sciences).
Professor Cooper research interests focuses on miniaturisation in the biomedical sciences, biosensors, nanophotonics and acoustics.