Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dean of School

Dr Duncan Sharp is Dean of the School of Health.

Duncan joined Leeds Beckett University as Senior Lecturer in 2009 and has undertaken 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.

Research Interests

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.

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Ask Me About

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Non-invasive diagnostics
  3. Electrode/sensor fabrication
  4. Biochemical analysis
  5. Electrochemistry
  6. Point-of-care testing
  7. Biological sciences

Selected Outputs

  • McBeth C; Paterson A; Sharp D (2020) Pad-printed Prussian blue doped carbon ink for real-time peroxide sensing in cell culture. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 878 pp. 114537-114537.


  • Sharp DG; Paterson A; Mcbeth C; Al Dughaishi R (2018) Ubiquinone modified printed carbon electrodes for cell culture pH monitoring. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 113 pp. 46-51.


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  • Astita R; Tashani OA; Paley CA; Sharp D; Johnson MI (2018) A systematic review with meta-analysis of studies comparing response to experimentally-evoked pain between obese and non-obese individuals. The open pain journal, 11 (1), pp. 1-11.


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  • Burkitt R; Sharp D (2017) Submicromolar quantification of pyocyanin in complex biological fluids using pad-printed carbon electrodes. Electrochemistry Communications


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  • Tashani OA; Astita R; Sharp D; Johnson MI (2017) Body mass index and distribution of body fat can influence sensory detection and pain sensitivity. European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom)


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  • Sharp D; Burkitt R (2015) Carbon materials for analytical electrochemistry: printed carbon materials and composites. Materials Technology, 30 (B3), pp. B155-B162.


  • Astita RA; Tashani OA; Sharp D; Johnson MI (2015) Argument for the need of investigation of the relationship between body fatness and experimental pain sensitivity. Libyan Journal of Medicine, 10 (1), pp. 28457-28457.


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  • Locker J; Fitzgerald P; Sharp D (2014) Antibacterial Validation of Electrogenerated Hypochlorite using Carbon-based Electrodes. Letters in applied microbiology


  • Johns SC; Crouch LLE; Grieve S; Maloney HL; Peczkowski GR; Jones AE; Sharp D; Smith RB (2014) A rapid, chromatography-free route to substituted acridine-isoalloxazine conjugates under microwave irradiation. Tetrahedron Letters, 55 (22), pp. 3308-3311.


  • Sharp D (2013) Biochemist-tree: Using modular origami to understand the integration of intermediary metabolism. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, pp. n/a-n/a.


  • Brocklesby KL; Johns SC; Jones AE; Sharp D; Smith RB (2013) Smart bandages – A colourful approach to early stage infection detection & control in wound care. Medical Hypotheses, 80 (3), pp. 237-240.


  • Sharp D (2013) Printed composite electrodes for in-situ wound pH monitoring. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 50 pp. 399-405.


  • Brocklesby K; Smith R; Sharp D (2012) An interdisciplinary experiment: azo-dye metabolism by<i>Staphylococcus aureus</i>. Journal of Biological Education, 46 (4), pp. 247-251.


  • Newton LAA; Sharp DG; Leslie R; Davis J (2010) Developing a strategy for the spatial localisation and autonomous release of silver nanoparticles within smart implants. Nanotechnology 2010: Advanced Materials, CNTs, Particles, Films and Composites - Technical Proceedings of the 2010 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2010, 1 pp. 732-735.

  • Newton L; Cowham E; Leslie R; Davis J; Sharp D (2010) Plumbagin: a natural product for smart materials. , 34 (3), pp. 395-398.

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  • SHARP D (2010) Approaching intelligent infectious diagnostics: Carbon Fibre Sensor for Electrochemical Pyocyanin Detection. , 77 (2), pp. 114-119.

  • SHARP D (2010) Iontophoresis and Flame Photometry: A Hybrid Interdisciplinary Experiment. , 87 (7), pp. 730-731.

  • Sharp D; Gladstone P; Smith RB; Forsythe S; Davis J (2010) Approaching intelligent infection diagnostics: Carbon fibre sensor for electrochemical pyocyanin detection. Bioelectrochemistry, 77 (2), pp. 114-119.


  • Astita R; Tashani O; Hind K; Sharp D; Johnson M (2015) A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PAIN SENSITIVITY, BODY FAT DISTRIBUTION AND BLOOD LEVELS OF IL-6, CRP, TNF-Α AND LEPTIN. In: 9th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC, 2 September 2015 - 5 September 2015, Vienna, Austria.

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  • Astita R; Tashani OA; Sharp D; Johnson MI (2015) The influence of body mass index, body fat percentage and waist to hip ratio on sensory detection and pain sensitivity responses. In: Annual Scientific Conference of the British Pain Society, 1 April 2015, Glasgow.

  • Astita R; Tashani O; Sharp D; Johnson M (2014) Pain sensitivity response and body fatness: A systematic review of experimental studies on the differences between healthy pain-free humans with different body fat content. In: Annual Scientific Conference of the British Pain Society, Manchester.