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.


A gravitational-wave measurement of the Hubble constant following the second observing run of advanced LIGO and Virgo
, , Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Macfoy S, Reid S
The Astrophysical Journal Vol 909 (2021)
All-sky search in early O3 LIGO data for continuous gravitational-wave signals from unknown neutron stars in binary systems
, , Abbott R, Angelova S V, Ben Yaala M, Gier C, Hill P, Reid S, Wallace G S
Physical Review D Vol 103 (2021)
The use of nanovibration to discover specific and potent bioactive metabolites that stimulate osteogenic differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells
Hodgkinson Thomas, Monica Tsimbouri P, Llopis-Hernandez Virginia, Campsie Paul, Scurr David, Childs Peter G, Phillips David, Donnelly Sam, Wells Julia, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Burgess Karl E V, Alexander Morgan, Vassalli Massimo, Oreffo Richard, Reid Stuart, France David J, Dalby Matthew J
Science Advances Vol 7 (2021)
Open data from the first and second observing runs of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo
, , Abbott R, Angelova SV, Gier C, Macfoy S, Reid Stuart, Wallace GS
SoftwareX Vol 13 (2021)
Gravitational-wave constraints on the equatorial ellipticity of millisecond pulsars
, Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Gier C, Hill P, Reid S, Wallace G S
Astrophysics Journal Letters Vol 902 (2020)
Prospects for observing and localizing gravitational-wave transients with Advanced LIGO, Advanced Virgo and KAGRA
, , , Abbott B P, Birney R, Lockerbie N A, Macfoy S, Reid S
Living Reviews in Relativity Vol 23 (2020)

More publications


Investigations in Gravitational Radiation (Extension)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
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
Quantum-enhanced Interferometry for New Physics
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
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
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Talbot, Curtis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Newton STFC Capacity Building with LIGO-India (Newton Fund Bhabha project)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021

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Biomedical Engineering
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