Dr Jamie Marland




G.08 Scottish Microelectronics Centre

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Bioengineering
  • Sensors
  • Smart MEMS and Microsystems Technology
Dr Jamie Marland
Dr Jamie Marland


I have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research that uses electronic microsystems to address clinically relevant problems. My research is based at the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems within the School of Engineering, and I collaborate widely across the University of Edinburgh.

I recently developed a miniature implantable oxygen sensor, manufactured at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre using advanced microfabrication processes. It has been extensively tested in vivo for use in cancer radiotherapy treatment (IMPACT) and post-surgical tissue monitoring (ATOMIC). I have also contributed to the design and fabrication of a "smart stent", which contains a miniature sensor for detecting neointimal tissue growth in blood vessels. Currently I work on the Wheels of Change project, developing a multimodal sensor system for a smart wheelchair.

Within these projects I contribute engineering expertise, and also take a leading role in facilitating interdisciplinary communication and knowledge exchange between electronic engineers, medics and vets.

To date, I have 20 published outputs (book chapters, journal and conference papers). I frequently present my research to students at guest lectures (please get in touch if you have a free slot) and assist with teaching on Microelectronics 2 undergraduate course within the E&EE discipline. I have also engaged with the public at the Edinburgh Science Festival, and discussed biomedical research with MSPs at an EPSRC showcase event held at the Scottish Parliament.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • MSc Sensor and Imaging Systems, University of Glasgow, 2016 (Distinction & Class Prize)
  • PhD Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2005

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • WCSIM (Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers): Beloe Fellowship, 2018
  • IEEE: Member
  • Biochemical Society: Early Career Member


  • Microelectronics 2 (ELEE08020): lecturing on microfabrication, assisting at tutorials, and student assessment
  • MSc Electronics project (PGEE11065) and MSc Sensor and Imaging Systems project (PGEE11135): student supervision
  • Analogue Mixed Signal Laboratory 3 (ELEE09032): teaching assistant
  • BioSensors and Instrumentation (PGEE11040), Applications of Sensor & Imaging Systems (PGEE11136), and Edinburgh Summer Schools for Beihang University and University of North Carolina: Research guest lecturer

Research Interests: 

Microfabrication & packaging

Development of novel microfabrication processes for electrochemical sensors. Recent work has focussed on wafer-level deposition and patterning of Nafion (an ionomeric polymer), and development of robust thin-film Ag/AgCl reference electrodes. Also advanced packaging methods for implantable sensors, and particularly the use of flip-chip technologies on flexible substrates.


Use of microfabricated electrochemical sensors for monitoring biological processes. Interests include amperometry and impedance techniques, analysis of sensor performance, wearable instrumentation, and development of novel interfaces between synthetic biology and electronic instrumentation.

Sensor systems

Design of microcontroller instrumentation for in vivo biomedical sensor testing and smart assistive technology.

Biomedical engineering

Design and testing of implantable microsystems for biomedical sensing. This research involves collaborations within IMPACT, led by Prof Alan Murray, and in vivo validation in animal models with Mr Mark Potter (NHS), Prof Mervyn Singer (UCL), and Dr Mark Gray and Prof Eddie Clutton (RDVS).

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