Committee Biographies

Name:  Dimitra G. Darambara 
Committee role:Chair
Job title:Team Leader, Multimodality Molecular Imaging
Workplace:Institute of Cancer Research
Institution:Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Darambara received her BSc (Hons, First) in Physics & Maths from the University of Athens, Greece (including a 6-month summer student award at CERN). She then successfully pursued her postgraduate studies at Yale University and received her PhD in Experimental Physics funded by a full NATO research studentship developing a novel generic imaging detector based on Si-memory devices with biomedical and industrial applications (closed access). Afterwards she held positions at CERN as a Research Fellow, at the University of Surrey as a NATO Research Fellow and at UCL and back at the University of Surrey as a Senior Research Fellow sponsored by the Wellcome Trust with a research career development fellowship. In 2006, she was appointed Team Leader of Multimodality Molecular Imaging at the Joint Department of Physics, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Her research interests focus on the development of innovative imaging detectors and the realisation of multimodal imaging systems and emerging techniques for the next generation of healthcare hardware as well as the performance modelling of imaging systems by combining Monte Carlo and Finite Element Analysis codes.

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:  Dareyoush Rassi
Dareyoush Rassi
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics
Workplace:College of Human and Health Sciences
Institution:Swansea University
Dareyoush completed his PhD in physics, and several years of postdoctoral research, at the University of Southampton before being appointed Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Magnetism Applied to Medicine at Swansea University. His main research interest has been in biomagnetic studies using ultrasensitive magnetometers. As well as wide-ranging national and international academic collaborations, Dareyoush has been involved in a number of industrial initiatives including two start-up companies and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow for two years. Currently he is Programme Manager for practitioner training programmes in Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at Swansea University.

Name:  Kim McDonald 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Clinical Scientist - Radiotherapy Development and Advanced Treatment Planning
Workplace:Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital
Institution:NHS Lothian
Kim completed an MSci in Biophysics (1st class Hons) at the University of Strathclyde in 2006. This included a full-term placement within an Ultrasound research group (Microscale Sensors, University West of Scotland). She was then appointed onto the IPEM Scottish Training Scheme for Medical Physicists and graduated from University of Aberdeen with an MSc in Medical Physics (with commendation) in 2007. IPEM Part 1 specialties included Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Protection and Radiotherapy. She chose to continue her Part 2 in Radiotherapy at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary until she moved to Glasgow in 2009 where she completed her Part 2 training and was appointed as a Clinical Scientist at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. Here, she was a key player in developing a 4DCT protocol and was involved in advanced treatment planning techniques. She left Glasgow in 2013, and is now working in Edinburgh’s Cancer Centre as a Senior Clinical Scientist, recently undertaking a new role focussed on clinical development.

Name:  George Corner
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:  Karen Hampson
Karen Hampson
Committee role:Secretary
Job title:Postdoctoral researcher in Adaptive Optics for Vision science
Workplace:Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science
Institution:University of Bradford
Karen Hampson completed her PhD in Physics at Imperial College in 2004. Since then she has been a researcher in the application of Adaptive Optics for Vision Science in the Optometry Department at the University of Bradford. One of her current projects is developing an imaging system capable of resolving individual retinal cells in the living human eye. This will be used as a tool for early detection of disease. She also investigates how the aberrations of the eye influence focussing control in myopia.

Name:  Shahed Khan
Committee role:Ordinary member
Job title:Radiation protection/radioactive waste advisor, medical physicist
Workplace:Medical physics and radiation protection
Institution:Radiation consultancy services limited
I gained a BSc in Physical Sciences and Instrumentation at South Bank University, MSc in Radiations and its Uses in Medicine, Industry and Environment and a MPhil in Radiation Biophysics at St Andrews University, a PGCert in Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning at Birmingham University. I am certified RPA(RPA2000) and RWA, CSci, CRadP and Fellow of SRP. My role includes providing physics support to radiology department including; commissioning, routine QA, advising on selection of equipment, audits, training, optimisation, shielding, implementing new protocols and technologies for ionising and non-ionising radiation which includes diagnostic x-ray, MRI, US, lasers, and radiotherapy. Current areas of interest are optimisation in CT and IORT for breast.

Name:  Louis Lemieux
Louis Lemieux
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Professor of Physics Applied to Medicine 
Workplace:UCL 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:  Roger Harrison 
Committee role:Ordinary Member
Job title:Honorary Senior Lecturer
Workplace:Institute of Cellular Medicine
Institution:Newcastle University

Dr Harrison obtained his BSc in Physics (Manchester) and, following an MSc in Radiological Health and Safety (Salford), was appointed to the Regional Medical Physics Department in Newcastle, where he completed his PhD in cross sectional imaging for radiotherapy treatment planning.

Until his retirement in 2010, he was a Consultant Medical Physicist and Head of the Radiation Physics & Imaging Unit at the Freeman Hospital and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics in the University of Newcastle.  He was Honorary Scientific Editor of the British Journal of Radiology and was awarded the Rӧntgen Prize in 2009.  He has been an external examiner at several universities in the UK and Malaysia.

He is currently Chair of a Working Group on Radiation Dosimetry in Radiotherapy in the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS), where he coordinates R&D in peripheral dose measurements in radiotherapy, involving academic and medical institutions in eight European countries. His research interests include radiation dosimetry and radiocarcinogenic risk estimates applied to second cancer induction following radiotherapy.  

He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of radiotherapy physics, diagnostic radiology physics and radiation protection.  He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 1987.

Name:  Sarah Bohndiek
Sarah Bondeik
Committee role:Ordinary member
Job title:University Lecturer in Biomedical Physics
Workplace: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:  Phil Marsden
Phil Marsden
Committee role:Group Events coordinator
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:  Bahadar Bhatia
Committee role:Interim Group 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:  Ana Denis-Bacelar 
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.

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