Dr Affar Karimullah
- Lecturer (School of Chemistry)
Research Interests: My interest is to innovate new sensors for life science applications. Previously I have worked on using conducting polymers for in-situ detection of cell growth and stem cell differentiation to aid large scale cell culture activities. My current interests lie in the use of optical techniques to perform diagnostics and improve our capabilities for precision medicine. As part of my EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellowship, I aim to use chiral nano-patterned gold surfaces to create biostructure sensitive assays that are able to detect serious medical conditions such as Sepsis and Invasive Aspergillosis in shorter periods of time and outside a laboratory setting. These Chiral Plasmonic Assayswill use technology pioneered in Glasgow, specifically, low cost Disposable Plasmonicsand Chiral Plasmonic Sensingthat will enable a commercially realisable technological breakthrough.
My multidisciplinary group encompasses the fields of nanotechnology, optical instrument design, biochemistry and biomedical engineering. We create novel microscopy systems and metamaterials to push the boundaries of biosensing. Research commercialisation and impact is fundamental to our activity. Hence, industrial collaborations with HORIBA Scientific and Avacta Lifesciences are an important aspect to fulfilling the research and impact activities.