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Prof Taylor was born in Wanstead, Essex, UK, in 1952. He received BSc and PhD degrees from Imperial College, London University in 1973 and 1984 respectively.

From 1984 to 1985 he held the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where worked on certain theoretical aspects of switched-capacitor filter design.

He joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London in 1985 and subsequently, in 2002, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath, where he holds the position of Professor of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics and Director of the Centre for Advanced Sensor Technologies.


Prof Taylor’s current research interests are in the fields of analogue and mixed analogue and digital system design, especially low-power implantable systems for biomedical applications and interfacing between tissue and electronics. For example, a current project aims at increasing the functionality of systems for chronic recording of electroneurogram (ENG) signals.

Together with colleagues at University College, London, the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and the University of Freiburg (Germany), he has been developing a technique that allows the classification of neural activity in terms of its velocity spectrum. This approach allows the level of activity in nerve fibres of different diameter to be measured, providing information about the origin and destination of the neural traffic.

A second application area seeks to provide a cheap, easy to use alternative to patch clamping as a method of measuring cellular activity for applications such as high throughput screening (HTS). This method seeks to avoid the use of expensive and complex equipment and the need for highly trained staff by employing standard CMOS technology that is both very cheap and readily available.

The technique also provides an ideal platform for a range of biosensors of great current significance in medical and defence applications. Although the material surfaces of the ICs are modified to form biocompatible electrodes, no expensive specialist post-processing is required. The A UK patent has recently been filed on this invention.

Professor Taylor has published more than 160 technical papers in international journals and conferences and has co-edited a handbook on filter design. He is a regular presenter and invited speaker at international conferences and symposia.

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  • Research Output

    Detecting Bladder Fullness from Sacral Roots: The First Step

    Metcalfe, B., Sadrafshari, S., Granger, N., Grego, T., Donaldson, N. & Taylor, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Detecting Sacral Nerve Signals For Artificial Bladder Control In Spinal Cord Injury: A New Cuff Electrode Design

    Granger, N., Metcalfe, B., Grego, T., Sadrafshari, S., Donaldson, N. & Taylor, J., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access

    First Demonstration of Velocity Selective Recording from the Pig Vagus using a Nerve Cuff shows Respiration Afferents

    Metcalfe, B., Nielsen, T., Donaldson, N., Hunter, A. J. & Taylor, J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Biomedical Engineering Letters. 8, 1, p. 127-136 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
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    A study on the optimisation of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy biosensors

    Author: Formisano, N., 24 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor) & Taylor, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Biocompatible Low-Cost CMOS Electrodes for Neuronal Interfaces, Cell Impedance and Other Biosensors

    Author: Graham, T., 1 Jun 2010

    Supervisor: Taylor, J. (Supervisor) & Bowen, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Composite ferroelectric materials for energy harvesting and storage applications

    Author: Roscow, J., 31 Jan 2018

    Supervisor: Bowen, C. (Supervisor) & Taylor, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Conduction Velocity Selective Recording with Cuff Electrodes in vivo

    Author: Seetohul, V., 1 May 2008

    Supervisor: Taylor, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


    Innovative Microelectronic Signal Processing Techniques for the Recording and Analysis of the Human Electroneurogram

    Author: Metcalfe, B., 12 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Clarke, C. (Supervisor) & Taylor, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD