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Academic Visitors


Professor Laurence Cahill

Department of Electronic Engineering, La Trobe University, Australia


Dr. Man Yi Ho

email: myh20

Dr. Man Yi Ho studied her first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Cambridge, graduating with a MEng in 2006. She subsequently pursued a PhD in Biosensing which focused on the development of label-free electrochemical detection of biomolecular interactions using redox active self-assembled monolayer, and the theoretical modelling of the electrochemical biosensor. More recently, she is involved in

  • Electrochemical aptamer-based sandwich assays for the detection of explosives
  • Multiplexed detection with thin film transistors
  • Amplification of Avian Influenza virus gene with polymerase chain reaction and the subsequent detection with PNA probe

Dr Man Yi Ho is now a Researcher at Schlumberger Gould Research in Cambridge.



Introduction of CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tunable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.