Dr Stephenson graduated with a first class honours degree in Anatomy and Human Biology from The University of Liverpool in 2009. Later that year he received the Cardiac Surgery Research Award from Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, funding his PhD and subsequent Post-Doctoral position.
In 2016, Dr Stephenson was appointed Lecturer in Medical Sciences at The University of Central Lancashire. Then in 2017, he was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The fellowship took place at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and using novel imaging techniques, aimed to investigate the potential diagnostic link between regional micro-structural and metabolic remodelling in heart disease. During this time, together with an international research team, he developed an imaging technique allowing for the first 3-dimensional visualisations of the cardiac conduction system in healthy and congenitally malformed human hearts. He also performs research into ‘how the heart beats’, and has a keen interest in how the contractile cells of the heart are arranged and subsequently remodelled in disease.
Dr Stephenson was appointed Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Birmingham in 2019, and currently holds honorary positions at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.