Dr Ian Johnston is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and has 20 years of experience in applied microfluidics and biodetection systems. He is currently overseeing development of an aptamer-based fluorescence detection system for quantification of bacteria and virus as part of the FP7 project EnviGuard.
He was one of the speakers within the event regarding Biosensors for healthy ocean. Growing concerns about the health of the oceans and their capacity to provide resources, goods and services are increasing the demand for monitoring of marine water quality and environmental early warning systems. Real-time in situ monitoring of marine chemical contaminants, including emerging pollutants and biohazards such as algal toxins, is of the utmost importance for the sustainable management and exploitation of the seas and their resources. The ultimate goal is to obtain more effective monitoring of the marine environment and its status in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which aims to achieve a ‘Good Environment Status’ of EU seas and oceans by 2020.