Dr Elsa Correia Faria-Billinton

Dr Elsa Correia Faria-Billinton

Elsa Correia Faria-Billinton

Research Associate

Elsa Correia Faria-Billinton was a Research Associate in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (and previously in DIAS, UMIST) from January 2001 to December 2011 and an Honorary Lecturer in Analytical Science since October 2005 to December 2011.

She studied at the Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal where she received her Licenciatura in Analytical Chemistry in 1997. During her undergraduate studies she also studied a year at the Friedrich Schiller Universität in Jena (Germany) and a year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where she was awarded a BSc(Hons) in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry. She also obtained a PhD in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from UMIST in 2001 for her work on ‘Kinetic Measurement of Toxicity Using the Marine Luminescent Bacterium Vibrio fischeri’. In 2007 she obtained a PGCert in Academic Practice from UMIST, which was awarded with Distinction.

Research Interests

Elsa’s research is concentrated on developing and applying single-cell techniques such as AFM, Laser Tweezers and Raman Laser Tweezers to study the mechanical and spectroscopic properties of cells to elucidate the progression of diseases, such as prostate cancer, and develop novel diagnostic methods. She also has an interest in the development of toxicity methods.


  • Mechanical Properties of Prostate Cancer Cells
  • Mechanical Modelling of the Elastic Properties of Cells
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy of Prostate Cancer Cells


6 Exceptional preservation of a prehistoric human brain from Heslington, Yorkshire, UK
Sonia O’Connor, Esam Ali, Salim Al-Sabah, Danish Anwar, Ed Bergström, Keri A. Brown, Jo Buckberry, Stephen Buckley, Matthew Collins, John Denton, Konrad M. Dorling, Adam Dowle, Phil Duffey, Howell G.M. Edwards, Elsa Correia Faria, Peter Gardner, Andy Gled
Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (2011) 1641-1654
5 Raman tweezers and their application to the study of singly trapped eukaryotic cells
Richard D. Snook, Timothy J. Harvey, Elsa Correia Faria and Peter Gardner
Integrative Biology 1 (2009) 43-52
4 Classification of fixed urological cells using Raman tweezers
Harvey, T J; Hughes, C; Ward, A D; Faria, E C; Henderson, A; Clarke, N W; Brown, M D; Snook, R D; Gardner, P
Journal of Biophotonics 2(1-2) (2009) 47-69
3 Spectral discrimination of live prostate and bladder cancer cell lines using Raman optical tweezers
Harvey, T J; Faria, E C; Henderson, A; Gazi, E; Ward, A D; Clarke, N W; Brown, M D; Snook, R D; Gardner, P
Journal of Biomedical Optics 13(6) (2008) 064004
2 Measurement of elastic properties of prostate cancer cells using AFM
Faria, E C; Ma, N; Gazi, E; Gardner, P; Brown, M; Clarke, N W; Snook, R D
Analyst 133(11) (2008) 1498-1500
1 Discrimination of prostate cancer cells by reflection mode FTIR photoacoustic spectroscopy
Harvey, T J; Henderson, A; Gazi, E; Clarke, N W; Brown, M; Faria, E C; Snook, R D; Gardner, P
Analyst 132(4) (2007) 292-295

Other outputs

Harvey T. J., Hughes C., Ward A. D., Gazi E., Correia Faria E., Snook R. D., Brown M., Clarke N. W. and Gardner P., Proceedings of the XXI International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy, ed. R. Withnal and B. Z. Chowdhry,
IM Publications, Chichester, 2008.

Harvey T. J., Hughes C., Ward A. D., Gazi E., Correia Faria E., Snook R. D., Clarke N. W., Brown M. and Gardner P., The Use of Raman Tweezers and Chemometric Analysis to Discriminate the Urological Cell Lines, PC-3, LNCaP, BPH and MGH-U1, Perspectives in Vibrational Spectroscopy: ICOPVS 2008, ed. Vaidyan V. K. and Jayakumar V. S.,
American Institute of Physics, 2008.

Correia Faria E. and Snook R. D., The Effect of Temperature and NaCl Concentration on the Kinetic Method of Toxicity Determination Using Vibrio fischeri,
Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2004, 6, 953- 956.

Correia Faria E., Treves Brown B. J. and Snook R. D., Water Toxicity Monitoring Using Vibrio fischeri: A Method Free of Interferences from Colour and Turbidity,
Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2004, 6, 97- 102.

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