I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where I am a member of Prof. Stuart Reid's research group. I am currently working on the development and production of a novel bioreactor which applies nanoscale forces to mesenchymal stem cells in order to create osteoblasts, or bone building tissue, and the application of this technology directly to patients.
I carried out my doctoral research in the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow where I designed, built and operated a servo controlled torsion balance to make the first direct measurement of charging noise. This was a critical measurement for understanding the instrument noise effects of fluctuating electrostatic charges in gravitational wave detectors and aiding the design of future detectors. I also investigated novel methods of reducing surface charges, and therefore charging noise, in gravitational wave detectors using glow and corona discharges.
After my Ph.D. I took a postdoctoral research position in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, a world leading centre for micro and nano-fabrication, at the University of Glasgow. Working as part of a small team, we created and developed an innovative design for a MEMS gravimeter (resulting in a patent (publication number: WO/2016/030435)) which could be used for oil and gas prospecting and gravity surveying.
In my previous job I joined a world leading semiconductor company where I created and developed test plans and test software for complex automotive micro-controllers during NPI (New Product Introduction) and production, ensuring that the product met the customer spec. All device testing was carried out on advanced automated testing equipment such as the Teradyne UltraFlex. As well as testing the devices, I would perform various analyses on test data in order to characterize the device, determine if the product would yield well during production and identify potential yield issues.