Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Duncan Sharp
About Dr Duncan Sharp
Dr Duncan Sharp is Dean of the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences.
Duncan joined Leeds Beckett University as Senior Lecturer in 2009 and has untaken many roles within the university through Reader, Head of School, and most recently appointed as Dean in 2016.
Duncan’s scientific career started as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist at Nottingham University Hospitals whilst completing his first degree in Biomedical Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, becoming certified by the Institute for Biomedical Science in 2006. After this, Duncan completed his PhD at Nottingham Trent University, entitled 'The Development of Smart Bandage Technologies'.
The challenge and rewards of research and working with upcoming scientists first attracted Duncan to higher education, where his interests have broadened across many areas of science, healthcare and pedagogy. He remains research active; supervising postgraduate research award students, publishing in peer-review journals, presenting at conferences. and peer-reviewing for journal and grant submissions. In 2017 Duncan was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society for Biology.
Duncan's main areas of expertise include biochemical analysis, electrochemistry, electrode/sensor fabrication, point-of-care testing and minimally / non-invasive diagnostics, and novel teaching practices within biological sciences. His primary research focuses on new technologies to allow measurements to be performed outside of conventional laboratories, the core of which is the development of novel analytical technologies using carbon-based electrochemical sensors for many healthcare and military uses. A major part of this work has been on the development of sensors that can be integrated within wound dressings and can detect chemical changes that indicate the start of an infection or to study healing progression.
Duncan also has an interest in novel teaching practices within biological sciences and has developed novel teaching experiments and explored the use of origami in the study of biochemistry.