The McKendry lab

Image credit: Dr Da Huang, UCL

About us

The McKendry lab is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, material scientists, biochemists, physicists, computer scientists, and virologists. We are engineering a new generation of tools and technologies for infectious disease surveillance, testing, and care.

The lab is led by Prof Rachel McKendry, Director of i-sense EPSRC IRC and joint Professor at London Centre for Nanotechnology and Division of Medicine, UCL.

We have been working to help in the global response to COVID-19, developing new diagnostics and analysing data for public health surveillance.

Our research

Our research lies at the cutting edge of nanotechnology, telecommunications, data science, infectious diseases and public health.


AI app could help diagnose HIV more accurately

Pioneering technology developed by UCL and Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) researchers could transform the ability to accurately interpret HIV test results, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Rapid diagnostic test to detect multiple COVID-19 genes

New research from the i-sense group at UCL, published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics, addresses the urgent need for more accurate rapid diagnostics for COVID-19 by developing an isothermal test that simultaneously detects two gene targets.

Quantum nanodiamonds may help detect disease earlier

Research published in Nature suggests the quantum sensing abilities of nanodiamonds can be used to improve the sensitivity of paper-based diagnostic tests, potentially allowing for earlier detection of diseases such as HIV.

Contact us

Want to chat? We’re always looking for ways to collaborate, so get in touch.




London Centre for Nanotechnology
17-19 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AH


+44 (0)20 7679 9920
r.a.mckendry@ucl.ac.uk (Director), OR; erin.manning@ucl.ac.uk (Communications and Project Manager)