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Strategic Network for Sensor Research

at Cambridge University

Where biology meets engineering

All projects were a combination of biology and engineering, whether it was a biologist trying to automate a process in the lab or an engineer finding a new application for her technology.

Here is a list of some projects:


  • A cell-free sensor platform for the quantification of arsenic concentrations in drinking water
  • A low cost reusable microfluidic device for the detection of antibiotic resistant genes in bacteria
  • Field portable colorimeter


  • A low cost, point-of- care device to measure blood haemoglobin levels, using calorimetry
  • An accessible, low cost, hand-held device for detecting counterfeit antimalarial drugs, using quartz crystal microbalance technology

Lab equipment

  • A light intensity meter to measure plant growth conditions
  • An artificial habitat to investigate Boquila trifoliata mimicry

 J. Deegan

Latest news

European Research Council grants for CamBridgeSens researchers

12 December 2020

Silvia Vignolini and Tuomas Knowles have won ERC Consolidator Grants to work on the interaction between light and organisms and how proteins come together to form functional liquid organelles.

Cell membranes on a chip

10 July 2020

Artificial cell membranes on a chip combine biology and electronics to monitor how molecules enter our cells.

Sensors help understanding housing conditions in Mumbai

14 February 2020

Sensors help to understand the increasing energy needs of residents in Mumbai's slum rehabilitation housing and its poor inside air quality. Based on qualitative and quantitative research Cambridge architect and urban designer Ronita Bardhan has made suggestions on how to improve the living conditions of millions of people and at the same time reduce the environmental impact.