Mary Josephine Morton is a Research Associate working in the advanced biomedical engineering laboratory, ‘The BioDevices Laboratory’ at the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) within the School of Engineering at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. The BioDevices Laboratory is a ‘Health Technology Hub’ and aims to offer expertise and state of the art equipment to assist companies to develop prototypes for the biomedical, engineering, electronic device and aerospace sectors.
Josephine's role is to determine the biocompatibility of novel biomaterials intended for biomedical applications. In her role she works between the Cell Biology, Cell Culture and Nanocharacterisation laboratories at NIBEC. An important part of her role is to investigate and develop the use of Raman Spectroscopy to monitor cell function and determine its usefullness as a characterisation tool for biocompatibility over that of traditional cell biology assays.
She is industry-trained with fifteen years’ experience in accredited laboratories for the pharmaceutical, food, veterinary and medical industries, with a further five years’ experience, at graduate and doctorate level, in research laboratories for academia.
Josephine was awarded a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Molecular Science from the Open University in 2008 after studying part-time while remaining in full-time employment. She was awarded a PhD in the "development of novel methods for the detection of chemical and microbiological contaminants in the agri-food chain" from Queen's University Belfast in 2013 after 3 years of full-time study and research.
Her studies and work experience have given her sound knowledge and skills in cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology with particular specialism and interest in antibody-antigen interactions, immunoassay-based biosensing platforms, antibody production and the use of phage display to produce antibody-alternative binders.
1 Oct 2010 → 16 Sep 2013
Bachelor, Open University
1 Feb 2002 → 17 May 2008