Dr James Guggenheim

James Guggenheim

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Royal Society University Research Fellow and Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jamie Guggenheim is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Birmingham Fellow working in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering.

Jamie’s research is centred on biomedical optics, primarily the development of new technologies for photoacoustic imaging.

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4295-0525


  • PhD in the Physical Science of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2014
  • MSc in the Physical Science of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2010
  • MSc in Intelligent Systems Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2009.
  • BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science, University of Birmingham, 2008


Jamie Guggenheim first trained in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He then joined Birmingham’s PSIBS (~biomedical imaging) doctoral training centre, obtaining a PhD in 2014 developing a preclinical optical imaging system under the supervision of Professor Hamid Dehghani and Professor Iain Styles.

After his PhD, Jamie moved to University College London’s renowned Biomedical Optics Research Lab, taking a postdoctoral position in the world-leading Photoacoustic Imaging Group under the direction of Professor Paul Beard. As a postdoc, Jamie worked on a number of different projects. Perhaps most significantly, he helped develop a new class of highly sensitive ultrasound sensors based on optical microresonators. This work, published in Nature Photonics in 2017, built on the polymer film Fabry-Pérot sensor based photoacoustic imaging concept pioneered at UCL over many years by Professor Paul Beard and others.

In 2018, Jamie gained the opportunity to lead his own research when he was awarded a highly-prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In this Fellowship, Jamie is investigating combining photoacoustic imaging with optical wavefront shaping and computational imaging techniques. This work aims to break existing limits in photoacoustic image resolution and imaging depth and could significantly expand the capabilities and broaden the applicability of the technique

In 2021, Jamie was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science, allowing him to return to the University of Birmingham and work alongside experts at the coalface of cardiovascular science research. Here in the Institute, Jamie has founded a new research group that will continue to develop new photoacoustic techniques and apply them in cardiovascular science and other areas.


Photoacoustic imaging is an emerging biomedical and medical imaging technique that involves using pulsed light to generate ultrasound inside biological tissues. It is particularly well suited to non-invasively imaging blood vessel networks with striking clarity. Jamie is developing new photoacoustic imaging technologies including new ultrasensitive detectors, techniques for controlling excitation light and miniaturised devices based on fibre optics. 

Research Groups and Centres

Jamie is an honorary member of the UCL Photoacoustic Imaging Group in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory 

Other activities

  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London
  • Member of the Biophotonics and Optics (BIPO) organising committee for IEEE’s Photonics Conference 
  • Member of Royal Society’s International Exchanges Committee
  • Peer reviewer for a range of academic journals including Nature Photonics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Optics Express, Biomedical Optics Express, Optics Letters, Scientific Reports and Optica.
  • Presenter on UCL’s Physics and Engineering in Medicine Podcast


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