Production and Design
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Derek graduated from Strathclyde University and started his career in the Army as a Radar Technician then worked with Motorola as an Engineering Manager. He then spent a significant time of his working career at Leonardo in Edinburgh and more recently, a short spell at Barrnon Nuclear before starting at Arrayjet as Production Manager in early 2021.
In his spare time, Derek enjoys eating out, football, golf, sampling malt whisky, and spending time with his family and their black Labrador, Darcy.
Joan joined Arrayjet in June 2015 and now manages the Development team, developing new features and products for our printers as well as improving existing ones. The most challenging and enjoyable part of his role has been the development of Arrayjet's Optical QC system, the Iris, where he integrated the software to be compatible with printing. Prior to that Joan worked as an IT consultant in his home city of Barcelona, and graduated in Computer Engineering. He also enjoyed the opportunity to study an MSc in Embedded and Intelligent Systems during one year in Sweden as a part of the Erasmus program.
In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, travelling and discovering new places and visiting friends and family.
Marisa Chong Kwan
Senior Development Scientist
Marisa joined Arrayjet in June 2008 and was integral in creating the Application Science team within the company. Her main role at Arrayjet has been in the development and optimisation of protocols to adapt the technology to new applications, including the formulation of specific printing buffers, protocols for post-processing and optimisation of customers’ assays.
Marisa has a strong research background and is a highly versatile scientist, able to adapt and understand a wide range of subjects and develop protocols where interdisciplinary knowledge is needed. She spent seven years at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Centre (SNBTS). Marisa also had a key role in collaborative microarray projects between the Genomics Technology and Informatics Department of the University of Edinburgh, Alba Bioscience and SNBTS. She holds an Honours degree in Pharmacy (University of Granada, Spain) and an MSc in Biotechnology (University of Strathclyde).
Nicholas joined the Development team at Arrayjet after graduating from Heriot-Watt University with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. As a Software Engineer, Nicholas focuses on extending and improving the capabilities of the company’s instruments. He has an inquisitive mind and enjoys learning new skills as part of his role.
In his spare time, he can be found making sourdough bread and tree nut cheese.
Alasdair graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2014 with a BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. After graduation, he worked as a Systems Engineer for NCR Corporation, a role that transitioned him into an Electronic Hardware Engineer role working on one of the company’s main electromechanical devices.
Alasdair joined Arrayjet in 2019 as Hardware Engineer and focuses on developing new electronic features for the instruments and developing the firmware to accompany the hardware changes. Alasdair is passionate about creating new solutions to problems using electronics/firmware, the interaction between the hardware, firmware & software, taking on new challenges & learning new skills.
Outside of work, Alasdair enjoys mountain biking, country walks and developing his own motorsport electronics.
QC & Development Engineer
Craig joined Arrayjet in April 2001 and was the first employee after the company founder. His key role over the years has been in design, research, and development which he enjoys very much. Craig studied Engineering Design at Adam Smith College in Fife and completed a Mechanical Design Engineering Apprenticeship with the American electronics company Bourns. Over the years he has been involved in many aspects of design and production. Craig was the principle Design Engineer responsible for the climate control potentiometer which is fitted on many production motor cars throughout the world.
Craig's wife, Ann, is an Artisan jeweller and they have two young daughters named Elspeth and Matilda who not surprisingly both adore art and design. In his spare time, Craig enjoys writing, recording and performing music.
Senior Production and Service Engineer
Peter has been part of the Arrayjet team since 2010 and works with the Production team to ensure microarray printers are built to exceptional quality standards. Peter also maintains the Arrayjet Advance instruments, carrying out regular maintenance and QC checks so that customer projects can be reliably completed in a timely manner.
Outside of work, Peter enjoys fishing, supporting the Midlothian Boxing Club and spending time with his family.
Senior Production Engineer
Alan joined Arrayjet in July 2008. He is responsible for building our Marathon instruments and components and enjoys the challenges and demands of meeting customer expectations and deadlines. Alan spent 26 years working at Hewlett Packard / Agilent Technologies starting in a metal fabrication role and progressing to instrument assembly and testing. He obtained an Open University BSc degree studying Mathematical Sciences.
Alan is married with five daughters, three grandchildren, and his interests are wide and varied, from photography, cruising the world and gardening, as well as spending time with his family.
Fred's responsibility at Arrayjet is to custom-build microarrayers to customer specifications. He has worked in electronics most of his life, starting in Ferranti Ltd, assembling and testing Laser Target Markers, before spending time in the Production line at Hughes Aircraft Corp, testing and fault finding Large Scale Integration devices, then Burr-Brown on their Microelectronics Production Line. Fred also worked for Kvaerner Oilfield Products as Group leader for Subsea Equipment Module Production.