Professor James Davis



School of Engineering


Engineering Research


Room 25A18 Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



James Davis is Professor of Biomedical Sensors in the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute. James’ research interests are directed toward the development of new diagnostic devices for the rapid treatment of disease and injury. He has participated in, and is the Principal Investigator/coordinator of a number of multi-centre – multi-discipline research collaborations with funding from the EPSRC (GR/S90560/01, GR/S85351/01, GR/S47984/01, GR/S16621/01, EP/G001049/1, EP/I01179X/1, EP/I01764X/1), Wellcome Trust, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Heart Research UK. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Ulster University component in a multicentre initiative involving the University of Connecticut and National University of Ireland Galway funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Learning Northern Ireland and the Science Foundation Ireland to develop biosensors for the early detection of prostate cancer.

James also holds a number of Invest NI awards to facilitate the commercialisation of his sensing devices for ostomy management and, more recently, for his work on wound management technologies that can enable the early detection of infection. He is currently involved in a number of multidisciplinary projects investigating the design and development of autonomous “smart” implants and patches for drug controlled release and transdermal micro-devices for a range of biomedical and industrial applications.

James has both BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Paisley. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has held Chartered Chemist status since 1996. James is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on Engineering Fundamentals, Physical Sciences 2, Professional Skills and Advanced Medical Sensors.