Dr Andy Downes




+44(0)131 650 5660


2.065 Faraday Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Bioengineering
[photo of Andy Downes]


Academic Qualifications: 

PhD (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1996). Link to PhD thesis.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2017. Link to certificate.

Research Interests: 

Optical microscopy / spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy for chemical analysis in biomedical samples (cells and tissue). Label-free microscopy (CARS, stimulated Raman, 2-photon autofluorescence, second harmonic generation), for optical imaging with chemical contrast of tissue and living cells.

Nanoscale microscopy

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for imaging of biomolecules, cells and tissue. Measurement and imaging of mechanical properties on the nanoscale. Tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy and microscopy (Raman and fluorescence) at a resolution of ~10nm.

Looking for a PhD? Studentships are usually available for UK residents (fully funded). EU residents receive a stipend but need to pay fees. All other students must provide their own funding. Please e-mail me for details.