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/). More information: https://jimenezmelanie.weebly.com

Publications

Developing a low-cost, electrode-based ELISA for cancer detection
Milne Stuart, Jimenez Melanie, Corrigan Damion
Electrochem 2022 (2022)
Biomarker detection techniques for point-of-need diagnostics
Dobrea Alexandra, Corrigan Damion, Ghannam Rami, Jimenez Melanie
44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'22) (2022)
Imaging flow cytometry-based analysis of Leishmania's cell cycle
Howell Jessie, Hammarton Tansy, Jimenez Melanie
CYTO 2022 (2022)
Imaging flow cytometry as a new route for high throughput characterisation of PRR binding capabilities for point-of-care device development
Farthing Andrew, Gracie Jennifer, Peveler Will, Murphy Michael, Goodyear Carl, Jimenez Melanie
CYTO 2022 (2022)
Enrichment of bacteria and bacterial DNA from complex media for rapid sepsis diagnosis
Gracie Jennifer, Farthing Andrew, Goodyear Carl, Peveler Will, Jimenez Melanie
Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Conference (2021)

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Professional activities

Combining imaging with flow cytometry for new cell characterisation approaches
Speaker
13/8/2022
Engineering new approaches for label-free cell phenotyping for medical applications using microfluidics
Speaker
13/7/2022
Innovation in imaging flow cytometry for cell detection and sorting
Speaker
26/4/2022
Interdisciplinary research for sepsis diagnosis
Speaker
25/2/2022
Biomedical Engineering (Organisational unit)
Advisor
2022
Biomedical Engineering (Organisational unit)
Advisor
2022

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Projects

DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Hall, Nicole
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator) Hall, Nicole (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-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
EPSRC REA - Mechanosensitivity of osteoporotic stem cells for diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Pereira Sousa, Rui Pedro
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator) Pereira Sousa, Rui Pedro (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
SenseCycle: point-of-care sensors for monitoring women's reproductive health
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2023
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: engineering new microsystems for rapid bacteria purification
Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023

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