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Dr Robert Hobbs

Dr Robert Hobbs

Business Manager, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602108

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Open plan office - 103
First Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus


Robert John Hobbs completed his PhD in Chemistry at Bangor University in 2015. Robert’s PhD focussed on the development of a novel universal magnetic carrier for use in cancer prodrug therapy. Since this Robert has worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a number of projects in the fields of biosensors and diagnostics as well as photovoltaics and energy materials. Dr Hobbs is now the Business Manager for the Celtic Advanced Life Sciences Innovation Network (CALIN). The network is a €17M EU-funded Ireland-Wales life science network that was established in late 2016 the network is now funded until mid 2023. He has wide variety of academic experience. Now specialising in academic-business collaboration, he has been involved with a number of projects that focus on innovation through collaboration in the life sciences field. In his current role he works closely with Irish and Welsh University partner institutions and health services to support business across the sector.  

Areas Of Expertise

  • • Business Engagement
  • • Innovation
  • • Collaboration
  • • Biosensors & Diagnostics
  • • Electrochemistry
  • • Research Management

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests



Biosensors & Diagnostics


Research & Innovation


Roberts’s research interests focus on biosensors and diagnostics, utilising electrochemical and nanoparticle platforms. The growth of academic-industry collaboration forms part of this focus alongside business engagement & development of innovation through collaboration in the life sciences sector

Award Highlights

Santander Universities Research Mobility Award


Awarded in November 2016, the award is designed to enable researchers to broaden their skill sets and knowledge base and to foster innovation and collaboration with external partners.


The award was granted for the proposed project: An investigation into the use of zinc oxide nanorods in self-assembled materials for emerging photovoltaic devices and this was a collaborative project with Northumbria University.