Dr Andrew Ward

Chancellor'S Fellowships

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I am interested in the development and implementation of electrochemical sensors and systems that can be used at low cost in a wide range of different scenarios for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms. My doctoral research was based upon the identification of P. aeruginosa using screen printed carbon electrodes, for detection of pulmonary exacerbations in people with cystic fibrosis. Since then, this project has received innovateUK funding, in conjunction with the Strathclyde spinout Ohmedics, to develop a lung infection monitor for the detection of infection-causing microorganisms in sputum samples. I deliver teaching in Biomedical Electronics at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and a small amount of undergraduate Cell Biology. I have also been responsible for MSc and MRes student research projects and currently co-supervise three Engineering Doctorate students. Prior my time at the University of Strathclyde, I worked in the defence sector for nine years in a wide range of roles including Principal Engineer and Project Manager. I have experience in managing and delivering complex projects, systems engineering and people management. I use my experience from industry on a daily basis to increase my effectiveness in my current role.


Has expertise in:

    I have multidisciplinary skills in biomedical engineering, electrochemistry and microbiology.  From my previous roles in industry, I have strong project management skills, people management skills and technical skills in systems engineering.


Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology since 2004

Member of the Microbiology Society since 2014

I am registered as a student for a PGCert in Academic Practice at the University of Strathclyde


Electrochemical sensing of SARS-CoV-2 amplicons with PCB electrodes
Kumar M S, Nandeshwar Ruchira, Lad Shailesh B, Megha Kirti, Mangat Maheshwar, Butterworth Adrian, Knapp Charles W, Knapp Mara, Hoskisson Paul A, Corrigan Damion K, Ward Andrew C, Kondabagil Kiran, Tallur Siddharth
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical Vol 343 (2021)
Rapid detection of wound pathogen Proteus mirabilis using disposable electrochemical sensors
Hannah Aiden, Ward Andrew, Connolly Patricia
7th World Congress on Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Science (2021)
Emerging electrochemical sensors for real-time detection of tetracyclines in milk
Raykova Magdalena R, Corrigan Damion K, Holdsworth Morag, Henriquez Fiona L, Ward Andrew C
Biosensors Vol 11 (2021)
An electrochemical SARS-CoV-2 biosensor inspired by glucose test strip manufacturing processes
Vezza Vincent J, Butterworth Adrian, Lasserre Perrine, Blair Ewen O, MacDonald Alexander, Hannah Stuart, Rinaldi Christopher, Hoskisson Paul A, Ward Andrew C, Longmuir Alistair, Setford Steven, Farmer Eoghan C W, Murphy Michael E, Corrigan Damion K
Chemical Communications Vol 57, pp. 3704-3707 (2021)
Toward a closed loop, integrated biocompatible biopolymer wound dressing patch for detection and prevention of chronic wound infections
Ward Andrew, Dubey Prachi, Basnett Pooja, Lika Granit, Newman Gwenyth, Corrigan Damion, Russell Christopher, Kim Jongrae, Chakrabarty Samit, Connolly Patricia, Roy Ipsita
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology Vol 8 (2020)
Rapid detection of Proteus mirabilis using disposable electrochemical sensors
Hannah AJ, Ward AC, Connolly P
BioMedEng19 Conference Proceedings BioMedEng19, pp. 75 (2019)

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I deliver Biomedical Electronics teaching to postgraduate and undergraduate students.  In addition, I deliver a small amount of Cell Biology teaching to undergraduate students.  I also have experience supervising masters level and doctoral level students.

Research interests

Existing research interests:

  • Near patient real time diagnostic medical device development.
  • Low cost sensors for the detection of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Integration of microbial sensor platforms into healthcare and telehealth infrastructure.

Developing research interests:

  • Electrochemical application of screen printed electrodes for biosensing applications.
  • Implementation of environmental sensors in resource poor environments to rapidly identify epidemic threats such as Vibiro cholerae.
  • Fully integrated sensor systems, combining sensor and detection system on a single disposable substrate.
  • Detection of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms within microorganisms through the implementation of molecularly imprinted polymers on screen printed sensors.


KTP - Biotangents
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
Scotland-India Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment Network (SIAMREN)
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator)
23-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Raykova, Magdalena
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Raykova, Magdalena (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Towards online monitoring for microorganisms in water systems
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2021
Identification of sensor targets for low cost soil fertility assessment
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2021

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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