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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr Roisin Owens

Dr Roisin Owens

University Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

I develop in vitro models of the gut-brain axis with integrated electronic monitoring.


Research Interests

My group uses organic electronic technology to interface with biology. We use this technology to monitor biological systems in a non-invasive dynamic monitoring. We are currently developing this as organ-on-chip technology, developing models of the gut-brain axis to understand the interplay with the microbiome. We are also interested in how enteric pathogens can disrupt this interplay. In addition to the organ on chip work, we are also interfacing native membranes with our electronic devices for antibiotic screening.

Key Projects, Countries, and Partners

IONBIKE: Innovative iongels for bioelectronics funded by Marie Curie - RISE
Biomimetic electronic device for monitoring host pathogen interactions funded by DARPA
IMBIBE: Innovative technology solutions to explore effects of the microbiome on intestine and brain pathophysiology funded by the European Research Council - COG
3Bs: 3D in line blood brain barrier pharmacology testing platform funded by Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Smart Bone: Smart electroactive 3D models of osteoregeneration funded by Marie Curie - IF

Keywords

  • Organic bioelectronics
  • Infection