Committee Biographies

Name:  Dr Philip Marsden MInstP
Phil Marsden
Committee role:Chair
Job title:Physicist and Managing Director
Workplace:Unitive Design and Analysis
Phil Marsden received his PhD in 2001 from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton for work on electron spin relaxation in III-V semiconductors. His core interests lie in imaging and sensing in medical physics, specifically in the realms of broad spectrum, X-ray and charged particle imaging. His wider interests remain in the world of photo-detection in semiconductors in clinically-relevant environments, at the extremely low light level limit and for quantum information. Phil has been in the commercial world since 2005, initially developing imagers for the motion picture industry and subsequently in MedTech. His expertise is the design of medical devices and medical device subsystems in regulated environments.

Name:  Mr Bahadar Bhatia CPhys MInstP
Committee role:Treasurer
Job title:Principal Medical Physicist
Workplace:Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
Institution:University of Leicester

Bahadar obtained his Masters in Medical Physics and Information Technology from the University of Aberdeen (1992) with project research in Field Cycled Magnetic Resonance Imaging under Professor David Lurie. Following this Bahadar began a long career in Medical Physics, gaining clinical experience in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Clinical Computing and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety. Currently employed full-time at Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, Bahadar serves on the Public Health, Equality & Diversity committee.

As a part-time postgraduate researcher under Professor John Lees (University of Leicester) and Professor Alan Perkins (University of Nottingham), Bahadar works on Monte Carlo modelling of the Compact Gamma Camera using the University of Leicester ALICE high performance computing cluster and supports the team on clinical aspects of this research programme.
Bahadar's research interests include X-ray and gamma photon medical imaging, and the use of Monte Carlo methods.

Name:  Dr Ekaterina Aristovich MInstP 
Committee role:Early Career Physicist
Job title:Radiological Physicist
Workplace:Royal Free London Hospital, London
Institution:Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Ekaterina obtained her MSc in Applied Nuclear Physics from Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University in 2007. She received her PhD in 2015 from City, University of London, for a project focused on 3D modelling of impedance properties of cholesterol in blood.

She went back to X-ray physics when she joined Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust in 2014. In her current role she provides physics support to the radiology department within Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

She took part in various projects covering areas from Theoretical High Energy Physics and experimental work on Synchrotron to being STEMNet Ambassador and taking part in Widening Participation Outreach Project.

Current areas of interest are Radiation Protection, Imaging Optimization and Patient Safety.

Name:  Dimitra G Darambara 
Committee role:Co-opted member
Job title:Senior Team Leader, Multimodality Molecular Imaging
Workplace:Institute of Cancer Research
Institution:Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dimitra received her PhD in Experimental Physics developing a novel generic imaging detector based on Si-memory devices with biomedical and industrial applications (NATO funded, closed access). Afterwards she held positions as a research fellow at CERN and as Senior Research Fellow sponsored by the Wellcome Trust at the University of Surrey and at UCL. Currently, she is a Senior Team Leader of Multimodality Molecular Imaging at the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Since 2006 she has established a translational research laboratory on novel quantitative molecular imaging techniques and instrumentation.

She is a member of the IOP, IPEM and IEEE. She has had several advisory roles in industry, governmental bodies, EU and NHS and has also served on several committees of the IOP Professional and Policy Groups. She is currently the Chair of the IOP Medical Physics Group, the Chair of Trustees of Mayneord-Philips Trust, member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Panel for Biomedical Engineering and member of the “Science in Health” special interest strategy group of the UK Science Council.

Name:  Mr Richard Amos CPhys MInstP 
Committee role:Interim secretary
Job title:Senior Lecturer in Proton Therapy
Research Lead for Clinical Proton Therapy Physics
Workplace:UCL Dept. of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (Proton and Advanced Radiotherapy Group)
Institution:University College London

Richard obtained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics (Coventry) and MSc in Applied Radiation Physics (Birmingham), before training as a clinical scientist (medical physics) at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Richard then worked for a few years as a radiotherapy physicist in the NHS, and then spent two years involved in charged-particle microbeam research at the Gray Laboratory Cancer Research Trust. He later started his career in clinical proton therapy in 2002 at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) in California. LLUMC developed the world’s first hospital-based high-energy proton therapy facility, treating with protons since 1990. Richard moved to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in 2005 to play a major role in programme development and clinical commissioning of a new proton therapy facility, opened in 2006. In 2008 MDACC became the first facility in the United States to deliver protons using pencil beam scanning (PBS) technology. Richard returned to the UK in 2013 to take the role of Operational Lead for Proton Therapy Physics at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, focusing on facility design and equipment procurement for the NHS proton therapy service. He currently leads clinical proton therapy physics research at University College London.

Richard has co-authored over 100 journal and conference papers, and three book chapters, in the field of proton therapy; is an internationally invited speaker; serves on a number of UK- and US-based committees, and is a trustee of the Cyclotron Trust. He is a Chartered Physicist, a Chartered Scientist, Associate Editor of the British Journal of Radiology, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Name:  Dr Sarah Bohndiek MInstP
Sarah Bondeik
Committee role:Ordinary member
Job title:Reader in Biomedical Physics
Workplace:University of Cambridge
Institution:University of Cambridge

Sarah completed her PhD in Radiation Physics at University College London in 2008 and then worked in both the UK (at Cambridge) and the USA (at Stanford) as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular imaging. In 2013, she returned to the UK as a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, becoming a Reader in 2017. Sarah is jointly appointed in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK.  Her research team develops novel imaging approaches for early cancer detection and evaluation of disease prognosis based on low cost optics and photonics technologies. They also apply new optical imaging methods in cancer models to explore the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer development and are active in clinical translation of these methods. Sarah was recently awarded the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and WISE Research Award in recognition of this work.

In addition to her research programme, Sarah also takes an active role in teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists. She has also acted as an outreach ambassador throughout her career and acknowledging her generosity in this regard, Sarah has received one of the MRC Science Heirlooms and the MSCA Award for Nurturing Research Talent in 2014.

Name:  Dr Sarah Bugby MInstP 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Workplace:University of Leicester
Institution:University of Leicester
Sarah completed her PhD in 2015 at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester. She then spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on portable medical gamma imaging, detection of dual gamma-NIR tracers for cancer imaging and XRF imaging. Over this time, she has been able to take a new medical imaging device from bench testing to clinical pilot studies and now to commercial development. In 2018, Sarah became an STFC Innovation fellow within the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester with a remit to translate core STFC-funded research in detectors and imaging systems to interdisciplinary areas. Her current research interests include preclinical imaging techniques, semiconductor detectors for medical imaging and environmental monitoring.

Name:  Professor George Corner FInstP
George Corner
Committee role:Ordinary Member 
Job title:Head of Instrumentation 
Workplace:University of Dundee
Institution:University of Dundee 

A graduate of Dundee, BSc (Hons) in Physics and PhD (in X-ray lattice dynamics), George worked in the National Engineering Laboratory before joining the Glasgow Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, eventually leading the laboratory equipment and ultrasound service teams. In 2005 he returned to Dundee as Head of Instrumentation, managing medical equipment throughout Tayside. He is Equipment Co-ordinator for NHS Tayside and leads the research aspects of the Medical Physics Department which is accredited to ISO13485. He retains a personal involvement in all aspects of medical ultrasound.

George was recently made an Honorary Professor of Bio-engineering in Dundee University, is a visiting Professor to University of Strathclyde and external examiner for Imperial College, London. He lectures on Bio-engineering and Ultrasound at Dundee and Strathclyde and has research and teaching involvement with several Universities in China.

Name:  Dr Ana Denis-Bacelar MInstP 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Senior Research Scientist
Workplace:National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
Institution:National Physical Laboratory
Dr Denis-Bacelar graduated in particle physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2007 and received her PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Brighton (UK) in 2011. She then pursued a career in nuclear medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT (UK). Her research focused in the application of quantitative multimodality imaging and radiation transport modelling to improve the outcome of patients treated with molecular radiotherapy and provide the evidence for personalised treatments. She is also interested in the study of the biological effects of radiation and the optimisation of pre-clinical imaging to improve drug development and to minimise the use of animal resources. In 2017 she joined the National Physical Laboratory as a Senior Research Scientist in the Medical Radiation Physics group. Her role involves the development and implementation of metrology and measurement traceability capabilities in quantitative imaging and dosimetry, with the aim of providing an optimised nuclear medicine service.

Name:  Professor Louis Lemieux MInstP
Louis Lemieux
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Professor of Physics Applied to Medicine 
Workplace:UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
Institution:University College London
Louis Lemieux trained in Physics (BSc and PhD in Montreal and MSc in Toronto, Canada) and took a post-doc position at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London in 1990 to work on multimodal image integration for epilepsy surgery planning. Louis became professor of Physics Applied to Medicine at University College London in 1995 and became member of the Institute of Physics in 2007. His research focuses on imaging epileptic events in humans and modelling the underlying biophysical processes.

Name:  Dr David Roche MInstP 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Teacher (Physics and Mathematics)
Workplace:Sevenoaks School
Institution:Sevenoaks School

David obtained his PhD in 2017 from the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge. His research was in making use of supercritical carbon dioxide processing in the fabrication of scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Prior to this he obtained his BEng in Biomedical Engineering and MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology from Imperial College London.

Following his research, David began teaching Physics and Mathematics at a secondary school in Oxford where he completed his PGCE, before starting at his current position at Sevenoaks School in Kent. Beyond the classroom, he is interested in increasing STEM participation for students as well as improving Physics uptake at Sixth Form level. He is also actively involved in various outreach activities and university access programmes for Academy schools around Kent.

Name:  Dr Laura Young MInstP 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Career Development Lecturer
Workplace:University of Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology
Institution:University of Oxford

Laura Young completed her MPhys and PhD at Durham University. Her doctoral work was based in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation but in collaboration with the Psychology Department. This research examined the impact of optical aberrations in the human eye on visual performance. Since completing her PhD in 2012, Laura has worked between the fields of optical physics, microscopy and human visual perception. 

In 2017 she was appointed the first Career Development Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford where she collaborates with physicists, engineers, psychologists and ophthalmologists.

Her interests are in using optical imaging techniques to address research questions in vision; from the optical development of the eye to the study of visual function. In collaboration with Durham University she has developed an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope for imaging the human retina in vivo with cellular resolution. This instrument is providing insights into the mechanisms underlying normal visual perception and into the time-course of inherited retinal disease in the clinical population.

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