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Imaging has become an essential tool in healthcare as well as in basic science research. Despite the huge advances in the past decades, the demand for higher sensitivity, better resolution, improved information content and more affordable imaging techniques, together with better image analysis techniques and information system tools, has never been higher.

Investigators in the Department of Bioengineering seek to develop such imaging, image analysis and information system tools with ultrasound, MRI, optical imaging and microscopy and microCT, and apply these tools to various medical, biological and other research applications.

Physical and chemical measurements are of fundamental importance in clinical application and in understanding the underlying biology. Improvements in patient care can come about through identification of new markers of disease, rapid diagnoses and more frequent or continuous monitoring, in the hospital, the clinic or ideally in the home.

The enabling technology for these exciting developments ranges from molecular probes to whole measurement systems and encompasses chemical sensors and biosensors, low power circuits for data processing and wireless transmission, and novel real-time signal processing.

Academic staff in this area

  • Ben Almquist: Bionanotechnology and Biomaterials for Wound Repair and Tissue Engineering.
  • Anil Bharath: Biologically inspired computer vision.
  • Martyn Boutelle: Clinical monitoring, brain injury, microdialysis, biosensor, microfluidics, electrocorticography, analytical science, signal processing.
  • Etienne BurdetMR compatible robotic interfaces, rehabilitation and assistive devices.
  • James Choi: Noninvasive surgery and biopsy using ultrasound.
  • Rob Dickinson: Interventional MRI.
  • Manos Drakakis: Circuits and systems for and from biology.
  • Richard Kitney: Healthcare and biomedical information systems; biomedical signal, image processing and visualisation: MR, ultrasound, X-ray.
  • Rob Krams: Live cell imaging, molecular imaging with MRI and OCT.
  • Sylvain Ladame: Biosensors and sensors for disease diagnosis; Nucleic acid secondary structures and gene regulation.
  • James Moore: Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Biomechanics and Device Development.
  • Danny O'Hare: Sensor, sensor systems and microfluidics development for biomedical and clinical measurement of metabolism and signalling.
  • Darryl Overby: Quantitative image analysis, stereology, and live cell imaging.
  • Simon Schultz: In vivo multiphoton fluorescence imaging of brain function.
  • Mengxing Tang: Ultrasound imaging with microbubble contrast agents, acousto-optic imaging, signal and image analysis.