Sakandar Rauf

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interest

​I am interested in the development of portable electrochemical and optical sensors for applications in the healthcare, food, industry and environmental sectors. In particular, I am focusing on the design and fabrication of microfluidics-based biosensor devices containing different types of micro or nanoelectrodes.

Selected Publications

  • Production of quantum dot barcodes using biological self-assembly 
    S. Rauf, A. Glidle and J.M. Cooper
    Advanced Materials, 21(40), 4020-4024, (2019)
  • Electrohydrodynamic removal of non-specific colloidal adsorption at electrode interfaces 
    S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau
    Chemical Communications, 50, 4813-4815, (2014)
  • Enhancing protein capture using a combination of nanoyeast single-chain fragment affinity reagents and alternating ... 
    R. Vaidyanathan, *S. Rauf, *Y.S. Grewal, L.J. Spadafora, M.J.A Shiddiky, G.A. Cangelosi an...
    Analytical Chemistry, 87(23), 11673-11681, (2015)
  • μeLCR: A microfabricated device for electrochemical detection of DNA base changes in breast cancer cell lines 
    E.J.H. Wee*, S. Rauf*, K.M. Koo, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau
    Lab Chip, 13, 4385-4391, (2013)
  • Drill and fill” lithography: fabrication of platinum electrodes and their use in label-free immunosensing 
    S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky, M. Trau and K. Dimitrov
    RSC Advances, 3, 4189-4192, (2013)


  • ​Ph.D., (Field of Study-Biosensors) University of Glasgow, U.K. 
  • M.Phil., Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • M.Phil., Biotechnology, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Pakistan.
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-current: Research Scientist, KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 2014-2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 2010-2014: UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Member of Cambridge Commonwealth Society​


  • ​July 2010-June 2014: UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Queensland.
  • Oct 2006-March 2010: Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA), Research Councils UK, University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Best Research Paper Award 2006, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
  • Oct 2004-August 2005 Cambridge Common Wealth & DFID Shared Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK. 

Research Interests Keywords

biosesnsors Electrochemistry Microfluidics Biomedical devices for point of care diagnostics