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I am currently Professor of Translational Ultrasound imaging based within Medical Physics,  Centre for Cardiovascular Science and have been involved in both clinical and preclinical ultrasound studies over the past 25 years.

I run the Biomedical Imaging theme in the MSc by Research in Biomedical Sciences and also the preclinical imaging theme in the online distance learning Imaging MSc.

I was previously President of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (2014-2016) and now sit on the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies strategic advisory team

My research in a nutshell


The primary focus of my research is  high frequency ultrasound and ultrasonic contrast agents.  In 2008, with Wellcome Trust funding (£516K), I established the preclinical ultrasound imaging facility at the University of Edinburgh, expanding this in 2019 to incorporate a Vevo 3100 ultrasound scanner. I have also been a co-applicant on a successful application to the Wellcome Trust to establish a preclinical large animal imaging facility (2014).  Using ultrasound imaging, we can image adult, neonates and embryonic hearts, livers and kidneys of small and large animals and study their structure and blood flow dynamics in real-time.  Using in-house and commerically available ultrasonic contrast agents  we can study the perfusion of organs over time.  My research focusses on developing mechanisms to target these microbubbles to biological markers expressed on the surface of tissues and to develop  novel methods to image these microbubbles.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Physical Basis for Ultrasonic Investigation of Human Skin, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Master of Science, Some Aspects of Telediaphanography, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Science, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986


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