Dr Olumide (Ollie) Ogunlade

Dr Olumide (Ollie) Ogunlade

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Associate Professor

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ogunlade is an Associate Professor working in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering. Ollie’s research interests are the development of instrumentation and novel methods in biomedical photoacoustic and thermoacoustic imaging and their preclinical and clinical applications to the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of a wide range of diseases, such as atherosclerosis and cancer.


  • PhD in Microwave Measurements and Engineering, University of Leeds, 2009
  • BEng in Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Leeds, 2004


Dr Ollie Ogunlade obtained a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Microwave Engineering, from the University of Leeds. His industry sponsored PhD, under the supervision of Professor Roger Pollard and Professor Ian Hunter, was on the measurement of microwave dielectric properties of tissue-mimicking liquids.

After his PhD in 2009, Ollie worked as a post-doctoral research fellow on contrast enhanced microwave breast cancer imaging, under the supervision of Professor Yifan Chen at the University of Greenwich. He subsequently joined the UCL Photoacoustic imaging group of Professor Paul Beard in 2010. His research focused on instrumentation, methods development and applications of photoacoustic (PA) imaging and related technologies. He was the lead physicist in preclinical PA imaging at the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, using PA imaging as a tool to study chronic kidney disease, angiogenesis in tissue-engineered scaffolds and wound healing, tumour response to vascular targeted therapy. The latter study was published in Clinical Cancer Research in 2019, and was selected as a research highlight in Radiology. His research has been published in prestigious journals including Nature Photonics.

In 2020, Dr Ogunlade was awarded an independent research fellowship at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional Sciences (WEISS) at UCL. During this fellowship, he began developing the next generation of whole-body preclinical photoacoustic scanners for achieving unprecedented imaging quality and depths.

In 2023, Ollie was appointed as an Associate Professor in Biomedical thermoacoustic imaging at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, with a joint appointment at the School of Engineering. He will continue to develop new imaging tools to increase our understanding of cardiovascular and other major diseases as well as assessing the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.


Recent publications


Bakaric, M, Ogunlade, O, Miloro, P, Zeqiri, B, Cox, BT & Treeby, BE 2023, 'Characterisation of hydrophone sensitivity with temperature using a broadband laser-generated ultrasound source', Metrologia, vol. 60, no. 5, 055002. https://doi.org/10.1088/1681-7575/ace3c3

privitera, L, Musleh, L, Paraboschi, I, Ogunlade, O, Ogunbiyi, O, Hutchinson, JC, Sebire, NJ, Beard, P & Giuliani, S 2023, 'Dynamic Changes in Microvascular Density Can Predict Viable and Non-Viable Areas in High-Risk Neuroblastoma', Cancers, vol. 15, no. 3, 917. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers15030917

Sciscione, F, Guillaumé, S, Aliev, AE, Cook, DT, Bronstein, H, Hailes, HC, Beard, PC, Kalber, TL, Ogunlade, O & Tabor, AB 2023, 'EGFR-targeted semiconducting polymer nanoparticles for photoacoustic imaging', Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, vol. 91, 117412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bmc.2023.117412

Zhu, J, Huynh, N, Ogunlade, O, Ansari, R, Lucka, F, Cox, B & Beard, P 2023, 'Mitigating the Limited View Problem in Photoacoustic Tomography for a Planar Detection Geometry by Regularized Iterative Reconstruction', IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol. 42, no. 9, pp. 2603-2615. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMI.2023.3271390

Privitera, L, Waterhouse, DJ, Preziosi, A, Paraboschi, I, Ogunlade, O, Pieve, CD, Barisa, M, Ogunbiyi, O, Weitsman, G, Hutchinson, JC, Cross, K, Biassoni, L, Stoyanov, D, Sebire, N, Beard, P, Coppi, PD, Kramer-Marek, G, Anderson, J & Giuliani, S 2023, 'Short-wave infrared imaging enables high-contrast fluorescence-guided surgery in neuroblastoma', Cancer Research. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-22-2918

Ogunlade, O, Stowe, C, Jathoul, A, Kalber, T, Lythgoe, M, Beard, P & Pule, M 2020, 'In vivo photoacoustic imaging of a nonfluorescent E2 crimson genetic reporter in mammalian tissues', Journal of Biomedical Optics. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.jbo.25.4.046004

Thin, MZ, Ogunlade, O, Comenge, J, Patrick, PS, stuckey, D, David, A, Lythgoe, M, Beard, P & Kalber, T 2020, 'Stem cell delivery to kidney via minimally invasive ultrasound-guided renal artery injection in mice', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, 7514. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64417-2

Johnson, SP, Ogunlade, O, Lythgoe, M, Beard, P & Pedley, RB 2019, 'Longitudinal Photoacoustic Imaging of the Pharmacodynamic Effect of Vascular Targeted Therapy on Tumors', Clinical Cancer Research, vol. 25, no. 24, pp. 7436-7447. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-19-0360

Ogunlade, O, Ho, J, Kalber, T, Hynds, RE, Zhang, E, Hynds, RE, birchall, M, Butler, C & Beard, P 2019, 'Monitoring neovascularization and integration of decellularized human scaffolds using photoacoustic imaging', Photoacoustics, vol. 13, pp. 76-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pacs.2019.01.001

Maneas, E, Xia, W, Ogunlade, O, Fonseca, M, Nikitichev, D, David, A, West, SJ, Ourselin, S, Hebden, J, Vercauteren, T & Desjardins, A 2018, 'Gel wax-based tissue-mimicking phantoms for multispectral photoacoustic imaging', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 1151-1163. https://doi.org/10.1364/BOE.9.001151

Ogunlade, O, Connell, JJ, Huang, JL, Zhang, E, Lythgoe, M, Long, D & Beard, P 2018, 'In vivo 3-dimensional photoacoustic imaging of the renal vasculature in preclinical rodent models', American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology, vol. 314, no. 6, pp. F1145-1153. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajprenal.00337.2017

Allen, T, Ogunlade, O, Zhang, E & Beard, PC 2018, 'Large area laser scanning optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy using a fibre optic sensor', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 650-660. https://doi.org/10.1364/BOE.9.000650

Allen, T, Spurrell, J, Berendt, MO, Ogunlade, O, Alam, SU, Zhang, EZ, Richardson, DJ & Beard, PC 2018, 'Ultrafast laser-scanning optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy at up to 2 million A-lines per second', Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 23, no. 12, 126502. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.23.12.126502

Stahl, T, Bofinger, R, Lam, I, Fallon, KJ, Johnson, P, Ogunlade, O, Vassileva, V, Pedley, RB, Beard, PC, Hailes, H, Bronstein, H & Tabor, A 2017, 'Tunable Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles with INDT-Based Conjugated Polymers for Photoacoustic Molecular Imaging.', Bioconjugate Chemistry, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 1734-1740. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00185


Giuliani, S, Anderson, W, Beard, P, Stoyanov, D, Barisa, M, Kramer-Marek, G, Pieve, CD, Ogunlade, O, Preziosi, A, privitera, L & Waterhouse, D 2022, 'Multispectral short-wave-infrared (SWIR) fluorescence imaging enables sub-surface high-contrast fluorescence guided surgery for neuroblastoma', European Molecular Imaging Meeting, Thessaloniki, Greece, 15/03/22 - 18/03/22.

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