Professor Karl Hawkins is the research theme lead for Devices and a Director of the Centre for NanoHealth at SUMS. Karl's research interests include the development of novel biomarkers of blood coagulation through exploitation of advanced rheological techniques. He is author of over 60 publications in international peer reviewed journals in the fields of fluid mechanics, medical devices and haematology. His research has been funded by EPSRC, MRC, HCRW, ESF, British Council, industrial companies and an RCUK fellowship. He is a Co-Investigator of several EPSRC grants (including the current Platform Grant in Engineering Blood Diagnostics) with a total value in excess of £6M and is the Principal Investigator of an EPSRC first grant award that is aiding the development of novel haemorheological techniques for the measurement of blood coagulation and subsequent breakdown. Karl is active in the rheology community having served as the elected Secretary of the British Society of Rheology and is a Director of the Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.