Detection and Live-Cell Imaging of a Micro-RNA Associated with the Cancer Neuroblastoma, Eoin Brennan, Roisin Moriarty, Tia E Keyes and Robert J. Forster, Bioconjug. Chem. 2016, In press.
Robert Forster holds the Chair of Physical Chemistry within the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University and is the Director of the National Centre for Sensor research. He has served as DCU Dean of Research and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health with responsibility for research. He is the author/co-author of more than 230 manuscripts and reviews and has been a Visiting Scientist to the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. He received the President’s Research Award and was the first Irish based electrochemist to present a lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Electrochemistry. He has contributed invited articles to more than eight Festschrift Issues celebrating the accomplishments of distinguished international scientists. Forster’s research focuses on the creation of novel materials that have useful electronic or photonic properties because they are highly ordered on the molecular length scale. These materials, that include surface active transition metal complexes, metallopolymers and micro-/nanocavity arrays and metal nanoparticle composites. These materials are rationally designed for applications in molecule-based electronics, display devices and have produced sensors with attomolar limits of detection.
His group have produced some of the world’s smallest and most rapidly responding ultramicroelectrodes with response times as short as 5 nanoseconds, i.e., more than 100,000 times shorter than conventional systems. These electrodes have been used to directly probe the electron transfer dynamics of electronically excited species using megavolt per second cyclic voltammetry for the first time and to develop ultralow volume nucleic acid sensors.