Lynn Paterson

RCUK Fellow/Lecturer

+44 (0)131 451 3068
Room 1.32
David Brewster Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Head of Biophotonics research group

IB3 seminar organiser

Member of IB3 safety committee

Physics Year 2 Director

Course responsible person: B27MW

Lecturer: B27MW Mechanics, fields and forces

Lecturer: B28LT Experimental lab and communication skills

Member of Physics mitigating circumstances committee


The research interests of Dr Lynn Paterson's group fall under the broad theme of biophotonics. We use the force of light to pick up and move microscopic particles (optical manipulation), microfluidics, imaging and nanoparticle sensors and apply these techniques to the life sciences in areas such as biosensing, biodiscovery and the development of biomedical devices.

Dr Paterson's group website can be found here

We are based in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot Watt University in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Selected publications

Fabrication and characterization of machined multi-core fiber tweezers for single cell manipulation. Anastasiadi, G., Leonard, M., Paterson, L. & MacPherson, W. N. 1 Feb 2018 In : Optics Express. 26, 3, p. 3557-3567.

Single Cell Isolation Using Optical Tweezers. Keloth, A., Anderson, O., Risbridger, D. & Paterson, L. 29 Aug 2018 In : Micromachines. 9, 9, 434.

Determining the 3D orientation of optically trapped upconverting nanorods by in situ single-particle polarized spectroscopy. Rodríguez-Sevilla, P., Labrador-Páez, L., Wawrzyńczyk, D., Nyk, M., Samoć, M., Kar, A. K., Mackenzie, M. D., Paterson, L., Jaque, D. & Haro-González, P. 7 Jan 2016 In : Nanoscale. 8, 1, p. 300-308 9 p.

Quantum dot based thermal spectroscopy and imaging of optically trapped micro-spheres and single cells. Haro-Gonzalez, P., Ramsay, W. T., Martinez Maestro, L., del Rosal, B., Santacruz-Gomez, K., del Carmen Iglesias-de la Cruz, M., Sanz-Rodriguez, F., Chooi, J. Y., Rodriguez Sevilla, P., Bettinelli, M., Choudhury, D.Kar, A. K., Garcia Sole, J., Jaque, D. & Paterson, L. 24 Jun 2013 In : Small. 9, 12, p. 2162-2170 9.

A 3D mammalian cell separator biochip. Choudhury, D., Ramsay, W. T., Kiss, R., Willoughby, N. A.Paterson, L. & Kar, A. K. 2012 In : Lab on a Chip. 12, 5, p. 948-953 6.

Quantum dot enabled thermal imaging of optofluidic devices. Choudhury, D., Jaque, D., Rodenas, A., Ramsay, W. T., Paterson, L. & Kar, A. K. 2012 In : Lab on a Chip. 12, 13, p. 2414-2420 7.


Lynn Paterson is an assistant professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering and joined Heriot-Watt University in July 2007 as an RCUK Academic Fellow.  Lynn has a BSc from Glasgow University and was awarded her PhD from St Andrews University.  She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at St Andrews, on projects ranging from all-optical cell sorting to photoporation of mammalian cells to assist transfection.  Lynn's current research interests are using optical forces to isolate single biological cells, optical tweezers, microfluidics with integrated optics, nanoparticle sensors, Raman microspectroscopy and superresolution imaging.

Further information

Lynn is a Fellow of the Optoelectronics College, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics), Member of OSA (Optical Society of America), Member of the Institute of Physics, and a Member of the British Society for Cell Biology.