Professor Steve Sheard completed his first degree and PhD at University College London in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His PhD was on scanning microscopy, following which he joined the GEC Hirst Research Laboratory in North Wembley.
Steve moved to Oxford in October 1988 to take up his current role as a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow.
Steve's research interests are broadly in the area of optics. He have worked on optical waveguide devices and surface emitter lasers, developing coupler-based integration of electronics and telecommunication systems with the major industrial companies at the time.
Some of this technology has subsequently been applied to optical sensors, including a water quality monitoring sensor based on optical back scattering. More recently his work has taken a different direction into microfluidics, using the manipulation of micron sized magnetic beads as a potential platform for performing bioassays or continuous flow cell separation.
I currently have no places available for additional research students.