Dr Marloes Peeters

Marloes Peeters
Dr Marloes Peeters

I graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) with a degree in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. For my PhD, I moved to research institute IMO/IMOMEC in Belgium where I was part of the BIOSensors group of Prof Wagner. There, together with Maastricht University, I developed polymer-based sensing platforms that were used for the electrochemical and thermal detection of neurotransmitters. After finishing my PhD, I continued as a postdoctoral researcher within the same group to focus on aptamers as recognition elements. In 2014, I started working in the organic chemistry group of Prof Kilburn at Queen Mary University of London. Instead of biomimetic receptors, I focused on enzymes (“natural” receptors) and studying enzyme catalysis with electrochemical methods. My independent research started at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015 where I was promoted to senior lecturer in Chemical Biology in 2018. Since March 2019, my group has moved to Newcastle University where I am a senior lecturer in the school of Engineering (Advanced Materials group). My research group focuses on developing novel (portable) sensing platforms that can be used in sustainable healthcare.

Contact details:

marloes.peeters@newcastle.ac.uk / Phone office: +44 (0)191 208 8281

Newcastle University, Merz Court, NE1 7RU, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Room Number: C530 (Merz Court), lab Bedson 1.69


EPSRC:  New Investigator Award: EP/R029296/1: £256,000.

Development of a polymer-based sensing platform for the detection of antimicrobial resistance. Funded 2 year PDRA (Dr Hudson) and PhD student Mr Oliver Jamieson.

Impact Accelerator Account – Ideas 2 Innovation (£25,500 in total)

Cardiac biomarker sensing (with Dr Novakovic as co-I) and SARS-COV-2 immunity sensor (with Dr Payne as co-I)

EPSRC CDT funded studentship – PhD student Mr Jack Reeder (co-I Dr Elizabeth Heidrich & Dr Matthew Unthank from Northumbria University)

Cambridge Medical Technologies:

contract research (9 months, PDRA Francesco Mecozzi), which provided proof-of-concept for cardiovascular biomarker detection leading to a 3-year KTP through Innovate UK of which I am appointed as a consultant.

contribution towards ReNU CDT funded studentship

NC3Rs : PI of CRACK IT grant (£49,910) for project together with MIP Diagnostics.

9 month project (Dr Crapnell) dedicated to the development of sensors for the thermal detection of cardiovascular biomarkers. More information can be found on: https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/new-sensor-platform-combining-plastic-antibodies-simple-thermal-detection-0

NC3Rs public engagement award (£1,000) for joint activity with Maastricht University

RSC: various bursaries, mobility grants, and research fund starting academics

Bursary from Materials Division for organization Bioinspired Materials Symposium, RSC bursaries  to attend IUPAC General Assembly and Conference in Brazil and for summer students (Analytical Trust 2017, 2018 and 2019).

RSC Research Fund ( RF18-2811, £3,500) for starting academics. RSC research mobility (£4,500) for Dr Peeters to visit to Prof Gruber  in Brazil.

RSC research mobility hosting Dr Patrick Seumo (£5,000 – grant number M19-7489)

British Council/Newton Fund: Newton Bhabha placement

£10k for hosting visiting Indian scholar Pankaj Singla (2018)

Royal Society: participation in Royal Society pairing scheme 2017

funded week in Westminster, Dr Peeters was paired with civil servant Ben Rayner, senior policy advisor at the DEFRA.

Wellcome Trust: COVID-19 portal, co-I Dr Brendan Payne


Named inventor on the following patents:

UK Patent Application No. 1906710.7 (sole inventor)

EP2772753A1 – Heat transfer based analysis of bioparticles

EP3035055B1 – Aptamer-based biosensing

US 20140242605 A1 – Heat-transfer based analysis of particles

Professional Activities

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, former secretary (2017-2019) of the Manchester and District Local Section

Associate Member of IChemE

Member of IUPAC, associate member of the Polymer Division and member of the SPT committee of the Polymer Division

Member of the Society of Molecular Imprinting