Dr Mairi Sandison

Senior Lecturer

Biomedical Engineering


Personal statement

My research focuses on exploiting microsystems engineering approaches (lab-on-a-chip, microfluidics, materials engineering) to create new in vitro models for investigating and controlling cell behaviours. Applications of this work include the development of tools for drug screening and for tissue engineering. My background is highly interdisciplinary, spanning the engineering-life science interface, with expertise in a wide range of cell biology, microfabrication, live-cell imaging and analytical technologies. 

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I have taught on both the BEng/MEng and MSc courses in Biomedical Engineering and I am currently module coordinator for BE105 (Cell Biology 1) and co-lead on the creation and implementation of new UG teaching laboratory classes.

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Research Interests

Current research projects, involving collaboration with a diverse range of academic and clinical collaborators, include:

  • investigating the phenotypic changes in vascular cells that underlie cardiovascular disease
  • the development of organ-on-a-chip models for chronic gynaecological conditions
  • the development of new methods for monitoring mitochondrial dynamics in neuronal preparations
  • the development of novel materials for antimicrobial applications.

Professional Activities

A Microfluidic Approach to Investigating Vascular Cell Fate at the Single-Cell Level
Adenomyosis-on-a-chip: a 3D endometrial-myometrial microfluidic model
Automated tracking of mitochondrial motility using image processing and epifluorescence microscopy
PhD External Examiner
Microwell Arrays for Monitoring Phenotypic Heterogeneity in Vascular Cell Populations

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics & Orthotics | Brown, Ruth
Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Buis, Arjan (Co-investigator) Brown, Ruth (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
Development of a functional organ-in-lab model of human vascular aging
Wu, Junxi (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator) McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
EPSRC IAA: Acceleration of cytocompatible hydrogel discovery: a feasibility assessment of multiplexing approaches to increase screening throughput
Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Adenomyosis-on-a-chip: a microfluidic 3D model of the endometrial-myometrial junction (EMJ)
Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Zagnoni, Michele (Co-investigator) Busch, Caroline (Researcher)
06-Jan-2021 - 23-Jan-2021
Rational design of novel microfluidics devices for in vitro evaluation of nanomedicine biological fate
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Perrie, Yvonne (Principal Investigator)
EPSC STEM Equals feasibility grant, part of the EPSRC Inclusion Matters grant (EP/S012133/1). Award: £5,000
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gilmour, Lauren
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator) Gilmour, Lauren (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024

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Dr Mairi Sandison
Senior Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering

Email: mairi.sandison@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3030