Devices and Diagnostics

Enabling collaboration to engineer novel and/or improved devices and diagnostics at the interface of all sciences

Dynamic Lead: Dr Robert J.H Hammond (School of Medicine)

Dr Robert Hammond joined the Infection group at the University of St Andrews in 2012 as a PhD student. His research centres on Mycobacteria species, specifically Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Working in the school of medicine he aims to glean information about the population of Mycobacterium spp bacteria in in vivo and ex vivo samples from individuals suffering with TB through the use of highly sensitive laser scattering and optical techniques. Robert also created diagnostic devices and works with a large group of international colleagues to study the deep relationships between antimicrobial resistance (AMR), clinical prescription practices and the means by which rapid diagnostics can change our futures.​

He is currently an Industrial Research fellow at the University of St Andrews, and co-inventor of the Scattered Light Integrated Collector (SLIC), A multi award winning device for rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing.​

Lead: Professor Vincent Janik (School of Biology)

Prof. Vincent M. Janik is a former director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, which is the home of the Sea Mammal Research Unit, at the University of St Andrews. He received his first degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and his Phd from the University of St Andrews. Before joining the St Andrews faculty he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at St Andrews. ​

In his research, he studies marine mammal bioacoustics. He is also one of the directors of Genuswave Ltd, a spin out company providing the Targested Acoustic Startle Technology (TAST) to fisheries, aquaculture and other industrial applications.​