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Zulfiqur Ali

Research Professor & Director of Academic Research and Innovation Partnerships

Zulfiqur Ali

About Zulfiqur Ali

On Research: Professor Zulf Ali

Professor Zulf Ali, Dean of the Graduate Research School, talks about his passion for research.

Zulfiqur is Research Professor & Director Healthcare - Innovation Partnerships. His research interests are in micro and nanofabrication approaches for creating devices that are high density and are more functional. Much of this work has focussed on microfluidics for point-of-care diagnostic devices and for complex chemical and biological processing on a chip. Related work includes transducer development, particularly electrochemical and optical sensing, and soft computing for primarily pattern recognition. Zulfiqur is on the Editorial Board for Micro and Nanosystems from Bentham Science Publishers. He is an International Program Committee for MEDICON 2013 a conference of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He has been an international panel member for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of Ireland under the fifth cycle of Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI).

Zulfiqur has coordinated a number of EU projects including FP6 DVT-IMP developing a point-of-care device for Deep Vein Thrombosis, MAPTech for development for Micro-Analytical Platform Technology and FP7 InFuLoC for development of an integrated and Functional Lab-on-chip. Zulfiqur was also involved in the FP7 Diginova project developing a roadmap for digital fabrication. He is currently leading the Teesside University activity in the Horizon 2020 GateOne project on smart system integration for SMEs.  

Research interests and activities

PhD supervision
Zulfiqur is Director of Studies on several doctoral projects and would like to encourage applications from prospective students.  Please submit an application online, or for further information, contact Professor Ali directly.

Enterprise interest and activities

Zulfiqur is currently Chief Executive Officer for Anasyst a start-up company that arose from collaborative work with colleague Dr Meez Islam. Anasyst is focussed on commercialising Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectrometry for liquid based sensing, optical ammonia sensing and microfluidics based point-of-care diagnostics.

http://www.anasyst.com/

In the news

  • Digital experts looking to get beyond the `audition' stage in international healthcare project
    North East Connected, 18/10/2017
    Researchers at Teesside University are part of the international project which will to help provide support for people with a variety of health conditions.


  • Global impact of Teesside Research
    Evening Gazette (Teesside) (2000 Vision), 07/12/2015
    Global impact of Teesside research work carried out at Teesside University is being showcased in a new campaign to highlight of academic research in UK and around the world.


  • Tech help for SMEs from uni
    Evening Gazette, 20/02/2015; Business Quarter, 19/02/2015
    Experts at Teesside University are part of a European project to equip SMEs with smart technologies.


  • Tech help for SMEs from uni
    Evening Gazette, 20/02/2015; Business Quarter, 19/02/2015
    Experts at Teesside University are part of a European project to equip SMEs with smart technologies.


  • Teesside University pioneer early diagnosis of sepsis
    LabMate (online), 02/04/12
    Academics at Teeside University are leading research with potential to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to diagnose patients at risk of developing sepsis, one of the most common causes


  • Teesside University Pioneering Life-saving Research
    Pharma Focus Asia - Online, 12/03/14; Asian Hospital & Healthcare Management, 12/03/14
    Life-saving research to provide early detection of an illness which kills millions of people each year is being pioneered by academics at Teesside University. The £1.3 million CE-microArray project, w


  • University team's bid to curb killer
    The Northern Echo, 07/03/2014, TFM, 06/03/2014, Ad Hoc news online, 06/03/2014
    Academics at Teesside University is pioneering research to provide early detection of an illness which kills millions of people each year.


  • Leading the way in manufacturing revolution
    Love Middlesbrough (Web), 01/11/2013
    A Teesside University academic is part of a European project which is developing a roadmap that aims to revolutionise the future of manufacturing. Professor Zulfiqur Ali, Dean of the University’s Grad


  • Leading the way in manufacturing revolution
    Love Middlesbrough (Web), 01/11/2013; B Daily (Web), 01/11/2013
    A Teesside University academic is part of a European project which is developing a roadmap that aims to revolutionise the future of manufacturing. Professor Zulfiqur Ali, Dean of the University’s Grad


  • It's the business
    Northern Echo, 21/08/2012, p.27
    We hear from Teesside University's Professor Zulfiqur Ali, who is keen for businesses and entrepreneurs to come forward with ideas which the university can help develop into profitable products and co


  • Future of 3D printing under the spotlight
    The Journal, 05/04/2012, p.32,
    There's a lot of talk about how 3D printing could change the world. That's why Teesside and Newcastle universities are hunkering down to study exactly how the world might make it all happen. Teesside