Dr Jonathan McQuillan

Ocean Technology and Engineering
+44 (0)23 8059 2715

My research at the National Oceanography Centre focuses on the design, development and implementation of in situ and real-time monitoring systems for harmful microorganisms that threaten our health, either directly or through the contamination of food and water supplies. As part of the Ocean technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) I design and optimise molecular assays for species detection and quantification, and integrate these assays with portable and deployable apparatus featuring Lab on a Chip technology, ruggedized and submersible mechanics and electronics, and online data monitoring.

Current projects include the development of an Aptamer based biosensor for the detection and quantification of Polyaromatic hydrocarbons in seawater, and the generation of a Lab on a Chip-based nucleic acid amplification platform for the analysis of the microbiological status of bivalve shellfish. I am also involved in the evaluation of novel anti-fouling methods based on electrochemical generation of Chlorine from seawater, and the use of ultrasonic pulses to dissociate fouling microorganisms from surfaces.

Current PhD students: Iordanis Magiopoulus and Matt Wilson.

Current Masters students: David Hopper and Ahmed Alrefaey.



McQuillan, Jonathan S.; Robidart, Julie C.. 2017 Molecular-biological sensing in aquatic environments: recent developments and emerging capabilities. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 45. 43-50.10.1016/j.copbio.2016.11.022
McQuillan, J.S.; Hopper, D.J.; Magiopoulos, I.; Arundell, M.; Brown, R.; Shorter, S.; Mowlem, M.C.; Pascal, R.W.; Connelly, D.. 2016 Buzz off! An evaluation of ultrasonic acoustic vibration for the disruption of marine micro-organisms on sensor-housing materials. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 63 (6). 393-399.10.1111/lam.12671
McQuillan, Jonathan S.; Kille, Peter; Powell, Kate; Galloway, Tamara S.. 2014 The regulation of copper stress response genes in the Polychaete Nereis diversicolor during prolonged extreme copper contamination. Environmental Science & Technology, 48 (22). 13085-13092.10.1021/es503622x