Dr Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas

Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Fellow

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Heriot-Watt University


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Dr Kersaudy-Kerhoas is an Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Fellow in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. She holds a research MSc degree in micro and nanotechnologies from the Technical University of Lille (France), and an MSc degree from the Institut Superieur de l’Electronique et du Numerique (Brest-Lille, France). She was awarded a PhD at Heriot-Watt in July 2010 entitled “Design, fabrication and test of blood plasma separation Microsystems”. These PhD studies involved the development of a microfluidic chip for blood plasma extraction for detection of cell-free nucleic acids (DNA, RNA). Responsibilities included the design and simulation of a novel plasma extraction method, as well as setting-up a microfluidic laboratory. Maïwenn was also responsible for developing a partnership with an industrial chip manufacturer, Epigem Ltd, and overseeing the production of over 200 chips to sustain intensive testing. In parallel, she developed a collaboration with the division of Pathway Medicine in the University of Edinburgh where she gained access to Class II labs and characterized biologically these chips using blood samples obtained from the blood bank in Edinburgh. Maïwenn also initiated and set-up a clinical study in collaboration with NHS Lothian, to demonstrate the concept of amplifying fetal cell-free DNA in maternal plasma extracted on-chip.

More recently she has taken part in the development of the successful Genome Segments Assembly programme run by Scottish Enterprise (SE). This research work dealt with the development of disposable microfluidic chips for the assembly and purification of genome segments in the context of synthetic biology.


Towards better pregnancy monitoring: Miniaturised tools for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis in clinics and hospitals

Microfluidics, the precise manipulation of fluid at the microscale, is an engineering technique that allows the miniaturization of laboratory tools into integrated and portable benchtop devices. By miniaturizing and integrating the tools permitting NIPD from maternal blood sample, results will be delivered faster and at a cheaper cost than existing solutions, allowing the NHS to offer these tests more broadly.

(Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC funding)