Professor Stuart Reid

Head Of Department

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

Stuart Reid is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He leads a multidisciplinary team working on both medical and astrophysics research. Bone: He is co-inventor of “nanokicking”, where nanoscale vibrations are used to persuade stem cells to turn into bone in the lab (ACS Nano 2013, Nature BME 2017). He is in the process of co-founding a company ( to help supply bone graft (the most transplanted tissue after blood) for regenerative medicine. UK Charity, Find A Better Way ( is funding the first-in-man study of nanokicked stem cells, planned for 2020, with the aim to provide bone graft for patients injured by land mines. IBD amorphous coatings: Reid's lab is also developing and manufacturing some of the most advanced laser mirrors in the world, to enable future gravitational wave detectors to be limited entirely by quantum effects. The team has pioneered the first ECR (electron cyclotron resonance) ion beam deposition facility, and the first elevated temperature ion beam deposition (up to 500C) for the fabrication of ultra-stable "ideal glasses". This technology has enabled the fabrication of the world's lowest optical absorption amorphous silicon (aSi), reaching <20ppm absorption at 1550nm for a quarter-wave layer. The group is also pioneering ultra-low mechanical dissipation mixed oxides, reaching levels of 1.3e-4 for Zr-doped Ta2O5 thin films. MBE crystalline mirror coatings: Working alongside local SME, Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) Ltd, and Stanford, Glasgow, and West of Scotland Universities, we are developing AlGaP interference optics that can be integrated into silicon optoelectronic devices. Breath analysis (capnograph): Working with Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), we are developing optical coatings to tune (narrow) the spectral response of NDIR (non-dispersive infrared) CO2 gas sensors for use in medical capnography.


Nanovibrational stimulation of mesenchymal stem cells induces therapeutic reactive oxygen species and inflammation for three-dimensional bone tissue engineering
Orapiriyakul Wich, Tsimbouri Monica P, Childs Peter G, Campsie Paul, Wells Julia, Fernandez-Yague Marc A, Burgess Karl, Tanner K Elizabeth, Tassieri Manlio, Meek Dominic, Vassalli Massimo, Biggs Manus J P, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Oreffo Richard O C, Reid Stuart, Dalby Matthew J
ACS Nano (2020)
Reduction of pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation through the application of nanoscale vibration
Robertson Shaun N, Childs Peter G, Akinbobola Ayorinde, Henriquez Fiona L, Ramage Gordon, Reid Stuart, Mackay William G, Williams Craig
Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering Vol 129, pp. 379-386 (2020)
Model comparison from LIGO-Virgo data on GW170817's binary components and consequences for the merger remnant
Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Macfoy S, Reid S,
Classical and Quantum Gravity Vol 37 (2020)
Search for gravitational waves from Scorpius X-1 in the second Advanced LIGO observing run with an improved hidden Markov model
Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Lockerbie N A, Macfoy S, Reid S, ,
Physical Review D Vol 100 (2019)
Search for gravitational-wave signals associated with gamma-ray bursts during the second observing run of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo
Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Macfoy S, Reid S, ,
Astrophysical Journal Vol 886 (2019)
Tests of general relativity with the binary black hole signals from the LIGO-Virgo catalog GWTC-1
Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Lockerbie Nicholas, Macfoy S, Reid S, ,
Physical Review D Vol 100 (2019)

More publications


Enhanced fabrication and assessment of next generation optical coatings for high intensity laser applications (Royal Society Industry Fellowship)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Healikick - A Combined Atmp Strategy To Supplement Critical Sized Bone Fracture Healing
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Talbot, Curtis
Gourlay, Terry (Principal Investigator) Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Talbot, Curtis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Equipment in support of: Exploiting extreme performance optical coatings developed within the UK gravitational wave community (Capital support for STFC-IPS project (Reid+Gooch and Housego)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Developing the Nanokick Bioreactor for Commercialisation and Cell Therapy (Super Follow On Fund)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2021
Exploiting extreme performance optical coatings developed within the UK gravitational wave community
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2019 - 02-Jan-2022

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