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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future



Dr Róisín M. Owens received her BA in Natural Sciences (Mod. Biochemistry) at Trinity College Dublin, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University. She carried out two postdoc fellowships at Cornell University, on host-pathogen interactions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Professor David Russell, and on rhinovirus therapeutics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering with Professor Moonsoo Jin. From 2009-2017 she was a group leader in the Department of Bioelectronics at Ecole des Mines de St Etienne, on the microelectronics campus in Provence. Her current research centers on application of organic electronic materials for monitoring biological systems in vitro, with a specific interest in studying the gut-brain-microbiome axis. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting (2011), proof of concept grant (2014) and consolidator (2016) grants, a Marie Curie Fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. In 2014, she became principle editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press), and she serves on the advisory board of Advanced BioSystems and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley). She is author of 50+ publications.


Róisín Owens' work is at the interface between biology and technology. Her major interest is in integrated systems to monitor human biology in vitro. Specifically focusing on the use of electroactive materials and devices which bridge a gap between hard inflexible materials used for physical transducers and soft, compliant biological tissues, allowing a new understanding of how to probe biological systems in the least invasive and thus most biomimetic fashion possible.  Work in the group focuses on improving health and well being by developing in vitro models of human biology to advance drug discovery and toxicology research.


Key publications: 
  • S. Inal, A. Hama, M. Ferro, C. Pitsalidis, J. Oziat, D. Iandolo, A-M Pappa, M. Hadida, M. Huerta, D. Marchat, P. Mailley, R. M. Owens. Conducting Polymer Scaffolds for Monitoring 3D Cell Culture. Advanced Biosystems early online view (2017)
  • V. Curto, A. Hama, B. Marchiori, A-M. Pappa, M. Braendlein, and R. M. Owens. A multi-parametric organic transistor platform with integrated microfluidics for in-line in vitro cell monitoring. Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering 3: 17028 (2017) doi:10.1038/micronano.2017.28
  • J. Rivnay, M. Ramuz, P. Leleux, A. Hama, M. Huerta and R.M. Owens, "Organic electrochemical transistors for cell-based impedance sensing". Appl Phys Lett 106 (4), 043301 (2015)
  • M. Ramuz, A. Hama, M. Huerta, J. Rivnay, P. Leleux, R.M. Owens. “Combined optical/electronic monitoring of epithelial cells in vitro”. Adv. Mat.  26 (41) 7083-7090 (2014)
  • S. Tria, M. Ramuz, M. Huerta, P. Leleux, J. Rivnay, L. Jimison, A. Hama, G. G. Malliaras, R.M. Owens. “Dynamic detection of Salmonella typhimurium infection of polarised epithelia using organic transistors”. AHM 3 (7) 1053-60. (2014)
  • X. Strakosas, M. Sessolo, A. Hama, J. Rivnay, E. Stavrinidou, G.G. Malliaras, and R.M. Owens. “facile biofunctionalisation route for solution processable conducting polymer devices”.  J. Mater. Chem. B. 2, 2537-2545 (2014)
  • J. Rivnay, R.M. Owens, and G.G. Malliaras. “The Rise of Organic Bioelectronics”. Chemistry of Materials, 26 (1); 679-685 (2014).
Head of Bioelectronic Systems Technology Group
Dr  Róisín  Owens