Dr Melanie Jimenez

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Biomedical Engineering


Personal statement

Dr Melanie Jimenez is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and Chancellor's Fellow working on microfluidic and sensory systems (or “lab-on-chips”) for medical and environment sciences.

Her profile is interdisciplinary, at the interface of engineering, physics and biology and her goal is to develop new tools to manipulate cells and fluids at the microscopic scale. More specifically, her research could be summarised as “finding the needle in a haystack”, where micro- and nano- technologies are engineered to characterise, detect and/or isolate small targets of interest (e.g., pathogens, cancer cells, proteins, etc). These technologies can be used for a wide range of applications; she worked for example in collaboration with Scottish Water to isolate waterborne pathogens from drinking water and she has ongoing projects to improve the detection of pathogens in blood, endometriosis and neglected tropical diseases. A particular focus in her current research is to develop technologies that will improve patient outcomes.

She also has a passion for engagement across disciplines and science communication. She was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Frontiers Innovator Award (2015), a finalist for the title of Young Woman Engineer of the Year (2020) and currently is one the eight internationally recognised ISAC innovators for advancement in the field of cytometry. She co-led in 2018 a programme in collaboration with physics teachers to challenge the perception of engineering in schools and currently collaborates with charity Sepsis Research FEAT to increase awareness of sepsis in schools (https://sepsisresearch.org.uk/seps_is/).

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Professional Activities

Fulbright visit in BME
Alana Hamilton
Helena Ruiz
An ode to those who took the time - IWD2023
Member of RAEng Awardee Excellence Community
CYTO 2023

More professional activities


BRAINS Strathclyde CDT 2023 | Carnegie, Amy
Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Research Co-investigator) Carnegie, Amy (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2026
Medical Research Scotland PhD Studentship - Microsystem engineering for rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing in urinary tract infections
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Jordan, Kimberley (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2027
Towards rapid detection of microplastic particles in human blood samples
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator) Lau, K. H. Aaron (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
Innovation in rehabilitation technologies through multimodal blood analysis
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andy (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
Derya Yaman - Turkish Ministry of Education PhD Studentship - Lab on a chip technologies for detection of liver specific biomarkers
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2026
EPSRC REA - Microfluidic-based technologies for blood cell imaging for medical diagnosis
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026

More projects

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Dr Melanie Jimenez
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Biomedical Engineering

Email: melanie.jimenez@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3114