About Bhavik Anil Patel

My interests and focus are in two specific areas: application of analytical chemistry to the biosciences and innovation in teaching My research interests are strongly focused on analytical chemistry and specifically biological and clinical analysis. I am interested in the role signalling molecules play in biological function and using new and novel tools to monitor and understand them under various states of interest, such as development, healthy ageing and disease. At present my major interest is in the function of the gastrointestinal tract. I am interested in learning about how signalling governs the major functions of the bowel. We have developed novel electrochemical sensors that allow for the stable and accurate means to detect various important functional biomarkers in the bowel. These results will play an important role in understanding functional gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases. The research has been funded over various periods by the Royal Society, BBSRC, EPSRC, Canadian Institute for Health Research and the University of Brighton Research Fund. Work conducted is in collaboration with the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (Brighton), The Royal London Hospital (London), University of Calgary and Michigan State University. Teaching innovation is an important part of integration of new technologies for advancing the learning environment. I have developed new approaches to teaching by taking inspiration from others and also learning to create new assessments and exercises that can reflect on real-life experiences. Two major examples of innovation include: ‘the Analyst Laboratory Challenge’, which was based on the apprentice, where students are encouraged to assess and market a new analytical product that is kindly sponsored by Phenomenex. Another more general approach is a new way of conducting blended learning, which I have branded as ‘reverse learning’

Well done Charlotte

Final year chemistry project student Charlotte Sarmork presents her work at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) annual conference in Manchester. Her poster presentation focused on new electronic tools that can be utilised to increase engagement and confidence in laboratory classes.

Her poster presentation was a great success with plenty of attendees interested in her work. She was even invited to write a blog for the HEA. Well done Charlotte

Many successful presentations at Pittcon

Dr Patel and Eldhose attended the Pittcon Analytical conference and presented 4 abstracts in the various areas of research. These were focused on new analytical approaches for investigating gastrointestinal function, understanding inotrope delivery in neonates, point of care electrochemical microneedle devices and new educational approaches for undergraduate analytical chemistry laboratory classes.

Research will focus on a device for faecal incontinence

Dr Patel has secured funding from IMPRESS Plus network, which is focused on incontinence research by promoting novel engineering-science solutions to meet the long-held needs of people who live with this life-changing condition. The current project which will commence in March 2017 will focus on the development of a novel device that can monitoring signalling and muscle dynamics.

New ROS/RNS sensor for ageing researchers

Our recent paper in Mechanism of Ageing and Development is focused on the development of ROS/RNS sensors on carbon composite electrodes. This sensor is based on the pioneering work of Amatore. Using composite electrodes provided the ability to make sensors with any geometry. This work was supported by the BBSRC in order to provide a sensor based device that can be utilised researchers focused on ageing. You can find the paper from the following link.

Gold for Molly

Well done to Molly Grahaculoogkweaa0qg4m for spending six week in the laboratory focused on the development of an assay for the determination of dopamine and dobutamine. After presenting her work on the celebration evening, she successfully obtained the gold crest award. We wish her all the best for the future.


Dr Patel presents on the Nuffield Celebration Night

Dr Patel gave an inspirinculdb0jw8aq_b5kg presentation to celebrate 20 years of Nuffield summer project students. The scheme has been providing local A/S students a key opportunity to experience life in academia or industry conducting a novel research project.

Dr Patel highlighted his journey and why such a scheme is of significance to him. He stated that “the Nuffield summer student scheme is the highlight of his academic year and it provides him with an opportunity to inspire the future generation.”