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Dr Ian Hurley

About Dr Ian Hurley

Having gained his PhD from the University of Liverpool, Ian worked as a researcher and lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Chester before moving to Leeds in September 2008.

Ian’s research interests build on a background in applications of immunochemistry, and current research focuses on the development of biomolecular speciation assays.

Ian has presented papers at numerous international conferences and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.


  • BSc (Hons)
  • Msc
  • PhD

Current Teaching

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences, mainly teaching on the Biomedical Sciences courses. Ian also teaches on the Biomedical Sciences Masters programme and is Course Leader of the Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate programme. He teaches across a range of subjects, primarily molecular biology, microbiology and research investigations.

Modules taught include:

  • Molecular Biology and Medicine
  • Research Investigations
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioscience
  • Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
  • Advanced Professional Practice and Research (Master’s )
  • Project supervision.

Research Interests

Ian’s research is centred on the development of biomolecular speciation assays for the sensitive and selective detection of the species of origin of organic samples. Speciation assays can be developed for a number of applications. These assays involve the development of immunological and DNA-based methods for the detection of specific protein or DNA sequences within a sample.

Applications of these methods include the detection of fraudulent adulteration of food and drink, and the forensic detection blood traces from crime scenes and verification that the blood is human in origin.

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