Academic staff

Director of the EPSRC Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Health

Professor M Hannon

Co Director of the Sci-Phy-4-Health Programme

Dr Hamid Dehghani 

Co Director of the PSIBS Programme

Dr Iain Styles

PSIBS Steering committee

Professor Mike Hannon

Dr Iain Styles

Professor L Grover 

Dr N Hodges

Professor G Nash 

Dr I Styles

Professor D Walmsley

Sci-Phy Steering Committee

Professor Mike Hannon

Dr Hamid Dehghani

Professor Liam Grover

Professor Janet Lord

Professor Ann Logan

Professor Gerard Nash

Professor Damien Walmsley

Professor Ales Leonardis 

Sci-Phy Operations Team

Dr Hamid Dehghani

Dr Iain Styles

Dr Rob Neely

Dr Pola Goldberg-Oppenheimer

Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

Dr Steve Thomas 

Associated people

Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Supervisors and Module Leads

(Please note the list is not exhaustive)

We have more than 60 academics from across the university involved in our multi-disciplinary programme. Brief research profiles of the key members of the team are included below, showing discipline and the keywords illustrative of their research on the physical sciences at the Life Sciences Interface.

Dr Hamid Dehghani

Computer science; physiological measurements, optical imaging, image reconstruction, molecular imaging

Professor Liam Grover

Chemical engineering; bioresponsives, orthopaedic applications

Dr Rob Neely

Chemistry; Fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy

Dr Iain Styles

Computer science; medical image analysis; biomedical optics; model-based image interpretation; computational modelling

Dr Steve Thomas

Cardiorespiratory science; actin dynamics; megakaryocytes; visualising the dynamics of proteins in live platelets for study of the cytoskeleton; actin nodules

Dr Anita Ghag

Development of novel, functional materials which have the potential to be used in bone tissue engineering applications. 

Dr Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer

Chemical Engineering; Novel Lithographic Techniques, Structural Nanotechnology, Structured Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene-Based Devices

Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

Chemistry; Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology 

Professor Janet Lord

Medicine; Immune senescence, chronic inflammation, Leukaemia

Professor Ann Logan

Medicine; Neurodegeneration and repair of the damaged and diseased central nervous system

Professor Ales Leonardis

Computer Science; Computational vision 

Professor Michael Hannon

Bioinorganic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry; metal-based drugs; DNA recognition; biological chemistry and chemical biology 

Professor Gerard Nash

Medicine; haemodynamics, vascular biology, blood rheology 

Professor Damien Walmsley

Dentistry; ultrasonics, bio-effects; imaging of vibration characteristics; biological effects of low-frequency (kHz) ultrasonic instruments 

Professor Richard Palmer

Physics; immobilisation of individual protein molecules with size-selected clusters, liquid phase atomic force microscopy, electrospray deposition of mass-selected protein beams 

Professor Zoe Pikramenou

Chemistry; lanthanide fluorescent markers/labels; MRI contrast agents 

Prof Ela Claridge

Computer science; multi spectral imaging, physics of image formation, quantitative fluorescence microscopy, biomedical image analysis, modelling. 

Professor Steve Watson

Cardiovascular sciences and cellular pharmacology; physiological and pathological features and roles of platelets in activation by glycoprotein receptors; actin polymerisation; angiogenesis; cancer metastasis; major organ dysfunction; stem cell recruitment. 

Dr Nigel Davies

Child health; functional Imaging and metabolomics of childhood cancer; magnetic resonance spectroscopy metabolite profiles for characterising childhood tumours 

Professor Jon Frampton

Stem cell biology; processes causing failures of stem cell regulation 

Dr Anna Peacock

Bioinorganic chemistry and de novo peptide design. In particular, the development of novel metallopeptides with potential therapeutic applications. 

Dr Paul Cooper

Dentistry; tissue injury, repair and regeneration 

Professor Helen Cooper

Development and application of mass spectrometry techniques for the characterisation of bio molecular and non-biomolecular structures 

Professor Kevin Chipman

Mechanistic cellular and genetic toxicology, toxic genomics and nanotoxicology in relation to both human health and the health of organisms in the aquatic environment. 

Dr Andrew Filer

Inflammation and inflammatory disease; predictive and therapeutic approaches to the treatment of inflammatory arthritis including roles of stromal fibroblast cells in regulating the switch to persistence 

Professor Roy Johnston

Chemistry; simulation of solids, surfaces and clusters; modelling cluster growth and dynamics; nanoalloy clusters; electronic structures of inorganic and organic solids

Dr Ata Kaban

Computer science; statistical machine learning; data mining; high dimensional data spaces; probabilistic modelling of data; Bayesian inference 

Professor Paulus Kirchhof

Cardiovascular sciences; novel molecular mechanisms of heart disease; controlled clinical trials to translate pathophysiological insights into new therapies for heart disease; the evaluation and improvement of clinical management of patients with heart disease, especially cardiomyopathies, heart failure, and arrhythmias 

Professor Gabriel Landini

Dentistry; applied fractal principles to study morphological complexity; image segmentation; quantitative measurement and focusing 

Professor Paula Mendes

Chemistry; nanoscience and nanotechnology; biomimetic materials for studies of cell behaviour; applications in medical imaging and catalysis 

Dr Ferenc Mueller

Reproduction, genes and development; molecular mechanisms of transcription regulation in the vertebrate embryo; comparative and functional genomic tools to address the interaction specificity of transcription factors

Professor Jon Preece

Supramolecular chemistry; nanoscale materials science for (i) electron beam resists; (ii) assembly of inorganic/ organic hybrid nanoparticles with novel electro-optic, structural and medicinal properties (gene delivery); (iii) liquid crystals; (iv) surfaces used in technological applications 

Dr Rachel Sammons

Surface interactions between mammalian cells and bacteria and biomaterials – especially titanium and hydroxyapatite, for bone repair and the prevention of infection. 

Dr Peter Tino

Artificial intelligence; machine learning; neural networks; evolutionary computation; bioinformatics; computational biology; intelligent methods for pattern recognition; molecular biology, computational models of dynamical systems 

Dr Owen Addison

Biomedical Materials Science with a particular interest in the behaviour of materials in physiological environments. 

Professor Jim Tucker

Supramolecular chemistry; ferrocene chemistry; photochromic systems; hydrogen-bonding receptors 

Professor Graham Worth

Non-adiabatic effects in photochemistry; quantum dynamics using the MCTDH algorithm; controlling chemistry using laser fields

Dr Jensen Li

Transformation Optics; Acoustic Metamaterials; Metamaterials and Plasmonics 

Dr Simon Wyn Jones

Inflammatory and metabolic mechanisms, skeletal muscle dysfunction and atrophy in chronic disease and understanding the functional role of non-coding RNAs in mediating inflammatory responses. 

Dr Alex Robinson

Development of new materials and techniques for nanofabrication, novel devices and nanopatterned surfaces 

Professor Antonio Belli

Neurobiochemistry and neuromonitoring of acute brain injury, early markers of tissue damage for the prevention of secondary injury after trauma and subarachnoid haemorrhage, patient stratification and drug discovery. 

Dr Ben Scheven

Dental pulp and bone cell biology, mesenchymal stem cells in tissue repair and regeneration, nerve repair and neuronal stem cell differentiation, therapeutic ultrasound and oral cancer. 

Dr Carl Anthony

Microsystems engineering, Micro-Sensor arrays, Energy Harvesting, Focused Ion Beam microfabrication techniques 

Dr Daniel Espino

Bio-medical Engineering, computational modelling and mechanical testing of connective tissues. 

Professor David Adams

Tumour Immunology and Immune/Gene Therapy

Dr Larissa Fabritz

Novel mechanisms of heart disease and performs translational research towards mechanism-based therapies of cardiovascular diseases. 



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