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Tracy Melvin obtained her PhD from University College London. After post-docs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and the Max Planck Institut fuer Strahlenchemie, Germany, she worked in the MRC Radiation and Genome Stability Unit on direct ionisation and enzymatic detection of DNA damage. After researching in the area of charge-migration in DNA, she became interested in the interface of microsystems and microelectronics with biochemistry and took up a research post in the CNRS working at the Centre de Biophysique Molelaire and the Laboratoire de Physique et Metrologie des Oscillateurs, France. Since September 2000 she has been at the University of Southampton and has research interests in the areas of optical microdevices for bioanalysis and self-assembled photonic and electronic devices. The focus of her research is to create technologies to provide the potential to answer bioscience questions, that are difficult or cannot be answered in any other way. This is achieved by developing novel methodology and devices, some of which was originally conceived for optical telecommunications applications. Her research crosses the medical science – micro-optical device interface and includes bionanotechnology methods.
Dr Tracy Melvin is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Optical Biosensors and Biophotonics, University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.