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.