Professor David C. Cullen
Cranfield University, UK
Professor David Cullen’s original training was in biochemistry at the University of East Anglia. He developed his interest in biosensor and bioanalytical technology research and development during his PhD and postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.
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His initial academic appointment in the mid-nineties within the biotechnology activities at Cranfield University continued this work with applications in the medical and environmental sectors.
His involvement with the space sector began with a chance encounter with a member of the UK Beagle 2 Mars lander team and a discussion about environmental biosensors being relevant to detecting life on Mars. This discussion led to the proposing, selection and then partial development of the multiplexed immunoassay based Life Marker Chip instrument for the ESA ExoMars rover.
Since then he has transferred to the Space Group in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University where he holds a professorial chair in Astrobiology and Space Biotechnology. He continues a range of activities involving the development of space relevant technology and instrumentation and especially within areas relevant to astrobiology and biosciences. Current applications include the exploitation of CubeSat spacecraft as platforms to perform microgravity and space radiation bioscience experiments.