We’re proud to be at the forefront of the development of
micro-devices that significantly reduce the time taken to analyse
DNA, as well as assess the reaction of a patient’s body to new
The University develops ‘Lab on a Chip’ (LOC)
technology which harnesses miniaturisation for novel chemistry and
biological sciences applications, impossible by conventional
There is currently work underway to investigate how to mass
produce this technology, which essentially makes experiments small
enough to fit on a device the size of an iPod.
Any biochemical experiment can be adapted to work on-chip, with
the innovation and vast potential being in integrating such
This means that experiments such as DNA profiling could be done
by forensic scientists at a crime scene, rather than in a
traditional laboratory, saving time and problems with transporting
samples. However, in order to get to the point of optimising these
processes and making them small (and stable) enough to fit on a
chip, many research hours have been undertaken by academics from a
range of schools at the University.
The work to further refine the technology is still ongoing, for
example exploring developments of the technology in the areas of
personalised medicine and disease identification.
The ‘Lab on a Chip’ approach can be combined with mobile phone
technology to produce hand-held units that allow people to monitor
their health and life style, getting advice whenever they need it,
wherever they are!