Imperial College London

Fernando Avila Rencoret, M.D.

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Postgraduate



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Research Projects

Hyperspectral Margin Assessment for Cancer Surgery

Duration: Jan 2017 - 2018
Summary: Focus on the differentiation of tumour from scar tissue post-neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in gastrointestinal cancers using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Aims to improve intraoperative circumferential resection margin (CRM) assessment.
My Roles: Co-lead in research with Mr. Chris Peters FRCS and Prof. Dan Elson; Co-supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students; Main hardware and software developer.
Students Supervised: Laura Tincknell (2017), Group Project (2017-2018), Will Waldock (2018, ongoing), Harry Chang (2018, ongoing).
Technologies Used: Hyperspectral Sensing, Spectroscopy, Optical Hardware Design, C , MATLAB.
Outcomes: 2 undergraduate research reports, 1 MSc thesis, 4 conference presentations, 1 award.

Robotic Wide-Field Optical Biopsy Imaging for Early Detection of GI Cancer

Duration: Jan 2015 - Present
Association: Imperial College London
Description: Developing a semi-automatic robotic endoscopy framework for early detection of gastrointestinal cancers.
Technologies Used: Solidworks, Rapid-prototyping, Mechatronics, Machine Learning, C , MATLAB, Python.
Outcomes: 2 patent applications, 1 submitted journal article, 5 conference papers, 5 awards.

PV: An Online Clinical-peer Knowledge Sharing Platform

Duration: Jul 2010 - May 2012
Association: Cuarenta Hertz
Description: Full-stack development and management of "Pasando Visita", a web platform for clinical-peer knowledge sharing.
Technologies Used: Apache Linux, LAMP, MySQL, PHP, CSS, HTML, HTTPS.

Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support as a Bridge to Transplantation

Duration: Jun 2008 - May 2010
Association: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Description: Analysis of clinical outcomes in heart failure surgeries and mechanical circulatory support.
Technologies Used: SPSS, MySQL, LAMP.
Outcomes: 2 clinical trial protocols, 4 international conference papers and presentations.

Carbon Nanotubes' Effects on Actin Organization and Cell Proliferation

Duration: Jan 2008 - Jul 2008
Description: Investigated the interaction of carbon nanotubes with human cell cytoskeletons, analyzing actin organization and cell proliferation impacts.
Technologies Used: Confocal Multiphoton Microscopy, Fluorescence Life-time Imaging Microscopy (FLIM), UV-Vis-NIR Spectroscopy.
Outcomes: 2 conference presentations.

Role of Intercellular Communication in Ischemia-reperfusion Injury

Duration: Mar 2003 - Dec 2005
Association: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Description: Explored the role of connexin channels in ischemia-reperfusion injury using an in vitro model.
Technologies Used: Fluorescence Microscopy, Microinjection, Live-cell assays.
Outcome: 1 undergraduate research report, 3 conference papers.

Molecular Basis of Primary Aldosteronism and Hypertensive Disease

Duration: Mar 2001 - Dec 2002
Association: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Description: Screening of polymorphisms/mutations in DNA samples from hypertensive patients. Found a clinically significant mutation in the 11β-HSD2 gene.
Technologies Used: DNA extraction, PCR, Sequencing.
Outcomes: 5 conference presentations, 1 award, 1 ISI journal article.

Biologically Active Compounds of Chilean Propolis

Duration: Mar 1997 - May 1998
Description: As a high school senior, worked on isolating and identifying active compounds from Propolis and tested their biological activities.
Technologies Used: Organic solvent partition, NMR Spectroscopy, in-vitro bioassays.
Outcome: ISI Journal Article, 2 conference presentations, 1 award.