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Daniel Spencer

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After completing a degree in electronic engineering and PhD at Southampton, I have been a lecturer in the Nano group of ECS since 2012.  My research interests are into microelectronic and lab-on-a-chip systems for medical and healthcare applications.  During my PhD I developed microelectronic devices for high speed characterisation of biological cells and I am collaborating with industry partners to incorporate the technology into commercial devices.  I have been exploring applying this technology to portable point of care diagnostic test devices and have demonstrated CD4 count for HIV/Aids monitoring and for the characterisation of tumour cells.  I am currently researching combining characterisation systems with sample pre-processing techniques for “sample-in, answer-out” diagnostic platforms.  I am module leader for the fourth year Bionanotechnology course and I lecture on the Lab-on-a-chip and Biosensors modules.  I also supervise bionanotechnology based Part III and MSc individual projects.



Research interests




MEng (Hons): Electronic Engineering

PhD: Electronics Engineering (Bioelectronics)


Professional activities

Conferences attended



Barat, David, Spencer, Daniel, Benazzi, Giuseppe, Mowlem, Matthew Charles and Morgan, Hywel (2012) Simultaneous high speed optical and impedance analysis of single particles with a microfluidic cytometer Lab on a Chip, 12, (1), pp. 118-126. (doi:10.1039/c1lc20785g).

Hollis, Veronica S, Holloway, Judith A., Harris, Scott, Spencer, Daniel, van Berkel, Cees and Morgan, Hywel (2012) Comparison of venous and capillary differential leukocyte counts using a standard hematology analyzer and a novel microfluidic impedance cytometer PLoS ONE, 7, (9), e43702. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043702). (PMID:23028467).

Spencer, Daniel and Morgan, Hywel (2011) Positional dependence of particles in microfludic impedance cytometry Lab on a Chip, 11, pp. 1234-1239. (doi:10.1039/C1LC20016J).

Zmijan, Robert, Spencer, Daniel C., Mowlem, Matthew C. and Morgan, Hywel (2011) Differentiation of micro spheres by narrow angle scattered light detection on low cost PMMA micro flow cytometer chip At 15th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, United States. 02 - 06 Oct 2013. , pp. 1263-1265.

Spencer, Daniel (2013) Advanced microfluidic impedance cytometry for point of care analysis University of Southampton, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Doctoral Thesis , 210pp.

Spencer, Daniel, Elliott, Gregor R. and Morgan, Hywel (2013) Simultaneous fluorescence and impedance micro cytometry At The 17th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2013). 27 - 31 Oct 2013.

Spencer, Daniel, Hollis, Veronica and Morgan, Hywel (2012) Identification of tumour cells using microfluidic impedance cytometry At NanoBioTech- Montreux.

Spencer, Daniel and Morgan, Hywel (2012) Miniaturised point-of-care full blood count At Bringing Diagnostic Prototypes to the Point-of-Care, Kenya.

Spencer, Daniel, Elliott, Gregor and Morgan, Hywel (2014) A sheath-less combined optical and impedance micro-cytometer Lab on a Chip, 14, (16), pp. 3064-3073. (doi:10.1039/c4lc00224e).

Spencer, Daniel, Hollis, Veronica and Morgan, Hywel (2014) Microfluidic impedance cytometry of tumour cells in blood Biomicrofluidics, 8, (6), p. 64124. (doi:10.1063/1.4904405).

Spencer, Daniel and Morgan, Hywel (2014) Single cell microfluidic impedance spectroscopy At Dielectrophoresis 2014, United Kingdom. 14 - 16 Jul 2014.

Morgan, Hywel and Spencer, Daniel (2015) CHAPTER 10. Microfluidic impedance cytometry for blood cell analysis In, Microfluidics for Medical Applications. London, GB, Royal Society of Chemistry pp. 213-241. (doi:10.1039/9781849737593-00213).

Xavier, Miguel, Rosendahl, Philipp, Herbig, Maik, Kräter, Martin, Spencer, Daniel, Bornhäuser, Martin, Oreffo, Richard O.C., Morgan, Hywel, Guck, Jochen and Otto, Oliver (2016) Mechanical phenotyping of primary human skeletal stem cells in heterogeneous populations by real-time deformability cytometry. Integrative Biology, 8, pp. 616-623. (doi:10.1039/c5ib00304k). (PMID:26980074).

Spencer, Daniel and Morgan, Hywel (2016) Data for 'High accuracy particle analysis using sheathless microfluidic impedance cytometry' University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/395307 [Dataset]

Spencer, Daniel, Caselli, Frederica, Bisenga, Paolo and Morgan, Hywel (2016) High accuracy particle analysis using sheathless microfluidic impedance cytometry Lab on a Chip, pp. 1-8. (doi:10.1039/C6LC00339G).

McGrath, J.S., Honrado, C., Spencer, D., Horton, B., Bridle, H.L. and Morgan, H. (2017) Analysis of parasitic protozoa at the single-cell level using microfluidic impedance cytometry Scientific Reports

Xavier, Miguel, Oreffo, Richard, Spencer, Daniel, Morgan, Hywel and de Andrés, María C. (2017) Size and dielectric properties of skeletal stem cells change critically after enrichment and expansion from human bone marrow: consequences for microfluidic cell sorting Journal of the Royal Society, Interface


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