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


Rapid detection of Proteus mirabilis using disposable electrochemical sensors
Hannah AJ, Ward AC, Connolly P
BioMedEng19 Conference Proceedings BioMedEng19, pp. 75 (2019)
Cystic fibrosis patient monitor
Donnelly S, Ward AC, MacGregor G, Connolly P
BioMedEng19 Conference Proceedings BioMedEng19, pp. 78 (2019)
Electrochemical detection of oxacillin resistance with SimpleStat : a low cost integrated potentiostat and sensor platform
Butterworth Adrian, Corrigan Damion, Ward Andrew C
Analytical Methods Vol 11, pp. 1958-1965 (2019)
Development of a needle shaped microelectrode for electrochemical detection of the sepsis biomarker interleukin-6 (IL-6) in real time
Russell Christopher, Ward Andrew C, Vezza Vincent, Hoskisson Paul, Alcorn David, Steenson D Paul, Corrigan Damion K
Biosensors and Bioelectronics Vol 126, pp. 806-814 (2019)
Identification and characterisation of Staphylococcus aureus on low cost screen printed carbon electrodes using impedance spectroscopy
Ward AC, Hannah AJ, Kendrick SL, Tucker NP, MacGregor G, Connolly P
Biosensors and Bioelectronics Vol 110, pp. 65-70 (2018)
Towards simple, rapid point of care testing for clinically important protein biomarkers of sepsis
Steel Lynsey, Ward Andrew C, Jeffrey Caitlin, Alcorn David, Corrigan Damion K
SCIOL Biotechnology Vol 1, pp. 1-8 (2017)

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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.


EPSRC CYCLOPS - Smart Wound Dressing
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Towards a fully integrated screen printed sensor for point of care and field ready biological sensing
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
SFC/GCRF - diagnostic technology for use in low resource settings
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Donnelly, Sean
Connolly, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Donnelly, Sean (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Sturrock, Abbey
Connolly, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Sturrock, Abbey (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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