The modification of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) via different routes for biomolecule binding is an attractive area of research. Waterborne thiol-ene suspension photopolymerization (TESP) can be a useful method for preparing functional MNPs. In this study, for the very first time waterborne TESP was performed in the presence of MNPs. Neat MNPs were coated and in situ functionalized with amine groups by using thiol-ene chemistry. Engrailed-2 (EN2) protein, a potential biomarker for various cancers such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer, is known to be a strong binder to a specific DNA sequence (50-TAATTA-30) to regulate transcription. Anti-EN2 antibodies were immobilized onto these MNPs by physical adsorption and covalent bonding methods, respectively. The amount of the physically immobilized antibodies (0.54 mg/g) were found to be lower than the loading of the covalently bonded antibodies (1.775 mg/g). The biomarker level in the artificial solutions prepared was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Coated MNPs were characterized by FTIR, TGA, SEM and STEM. After TESP, the average diameter of the neat magnetite nanoparticles increased from similar to 15 nm to similar to 32 nm.