Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Sourav Ghosh BE MSc PhD

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  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (2011 Apr – 2013 Mar). Worked as part of a 14.3 m EUR EU FP7 project (RAPP-ID) for the development of a rapid point-of-care detection platform for influenza.
  • Ph.D. in Acoustic Biosensors, Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (2007 Oct – 2011 Mar). Developed the anharmonic acoustic technique (ADT) for selective detection of surface-bound particles and explored it for biosensing.
  • M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (2006 Oct – 2007 Sep). Applied molecular dynamics for simulation of multi-layered nanoparticle formation for drug delivery.
  • Systems Engineer at Wipro Technologies (Nov 2002 – Nov 2007). Offered techno-functional consultancy on information technology systems to major UK clients in Energy and Utilities sector.
  • Trainee in advanced manufacturing technologies research, industrial consultancy and earthmoving technologies, India (Jun 2001 – Oct 2002).
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bengal Engineering and Science University (Jul 1997 – May 2001).

Research Interests

  • Rapid/early diagnosis of infectious and chronic diseases for improved clinical outcome, health and wellbeing
  • Food, environmental and biological safety, security and monitoring
  • Characterization, sensing and control systems in bio-manufacturing

Research Approach 

  • Design and development of biosensor platforms for rapid detection, screening or characterization of biomolecules and biological particles: electromechanical detection principles and techniques, design and microfabrication of microfluidic sensor cartridges, bio-assay and bio-instrumentation.
  • Focus on system and protocol design that ensure high performance with portability, ease-of-use and regulatory alignment to realise commercially exploitable prototypes.

Awards and Funding

  • EPSRC Pump Priming Award, University of Cambridge (2013): Grant of 10000 GBP for a feasibility study in “Nonlinear acoustic detection technique for development of a rapid on-site test for Campylobacter”.
  • Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), Department of Biotechnology, India (2012): Grant of 5 million INR for development of rapid, real-time pandemic flu monitoring system.
  • Downing Enterprise 2011 Competition Award, Downing College, University of Cambridge: Grant of 33000 GBP for development of laboratory prototype instrument for anharmonic acoustic detection technique (ADT).
  • CUE Entrepreneurs' Challenge Award, University of Cambridge: 2009 Phase I Winner and 2011 Grand Finalist for point-of-care infectious disease diagnostics.
  • CamBridgeSens Innovation Award, University of Cambridge (2009): Grant of 5000 GBP for feasibility studies in application of ADT for bio-particle detection.
  • Rajiv Gandhi (UK) Foundation Scholarship & Overseas Research Scholarship, Cambridge Trusts, University of Cambridge (2007 – 2010): Combined full financial support of 24000 GBP per annum for three years for Ph.D. studies.
  • Corpus Christi College Scholarship, University of Cambridge (2007 – 2010): Award of 3400 GBP per annum for three years for Ph.D. studies.
  • Sloane Robinson Foundation Scholarship, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford (2006 – 2007): Award of 10000 USD for M.Sc. studies.
  • Feather in My Cap Award, Wipro Technologies (2004): Awarded thrice for outstanding project contributions. 

Key Publications

Conference (Refereed/Invited)
  • S. K. Ghosh, “A nonlinear acoustic technique for improved quality control in healthcare sensors”, APS PharmSci 2013, 2- 4 Sep 2013, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (Invited talk).
  • S. K. Ghosh, V. P. Ostanin, and A. A. Seshia, "Anharmonic QCM signals for detection of surface-bound species," Biosensors 2010, 26-28 May 2010, Glasgow (Oral presentation).
  • S. K. Ghosh, V. P. Ostanin, and A. A. Seshia, "Microbead dynamics on Quartz Crystal Microbalance at elevated amplitudes," 2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, 19-23 Sep 2009, Rome, pp. 641-4, 2009 (Oral presentation).

Current Projects and Available Positions

  • Real-time monitoring system of airborne norovirus: a 3.4 m EUR EU FP7 project.
    Available Post Doc position: Advert to appear soon on
  • Challenge-Led Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Research: Characterization, sensing and closed-loop control in blood manufacturing (Expected soon).
    Soon to be available Post doc position: Watch this space.
  • Integrated healthcare detection platforms.
    Available PhD positionRef. Advert on
  • Platform for on-site food pathogen detection. 
    Researcher: Udhara Weerasinghe (Part C B.Eng. student)
  • Point-of-care infectious disease sensor.
    Researcher: Bozhidar Genev (Part C B.Eng. student)
  • High frequency nonlinear acoustic sensor for direct molecular detection.
    Researcher: Oliver Welch (Part C M.Eng. student)