Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Associate in Sensing



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036Paterson WingSt Mary's Campus





James is a Research Associate in the Hamlyn Centre, Institute of Global Health Innovation and the Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary's Hospital. He received an MEng in Acoustical Engineering at the ISVR at the University of Southampton and completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University College London in 2015. There he continued his work as an EPSRC Doctoral Research Fellow, developing Electrical Impedance Tomography methods for brain imaging as part of Prof. David Holder’s Neurophysiology lab.

Clinical studies during this time brought into sharp focus the benefits that good, open and reproducible engineering can have for patients and strengthened his desire to translate his work into clinical practice. Since 2018 he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, seeking to develop new sensor technologies for surgery.

His research interests include:

  • Electrical Impedance Tomography
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Soft sensors
  • Implantable and wearable sensors
  • Open source biomedical devices and methods
  • Fixing things, more than likely after having broken them in the first place. Particularly 3D printers. 



Hannan S, Faulkner M, Aristovich K, et al., 2020, In vivo imaging of deep neural activity from the cortical surface during hippocampal epileptiform events in the rat brain using electrical impedance tomography, Neuroimage, Vol:209, ISSN:1053-8119, Pages:1-13

McDermott BJ, Ohalloran M, Avery J, et al., 2019, Bi-Frequency Symmetry Difference EIT - Feasibility and Limitations of Application to Stroke Diagnosis., Ieee J Biomed Health Inform

Chapman CAR, Smith TM, Kelly M, et al., 2019, Optimisation of bioimpedance measurements of neuronal activity with an ex vivo preparation of Cancer pagurus peripheral nerves, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Vol:327, ISSN:0165-0270

McDermott BJ, Avery J, O'Halloran M, et al., 2019, Bi-frequency symmetry difference electrical impedance tomography—a novel technique for perturbation detection in static scenes, Physiological Measurement, Vol:40, ISSN:0967-3334

Avery J, Dowrick T, Witkowska-Wrobel A, et al., 2019, Simultaneous EIT and EEG using frequency division multiplexing, Physiological Measurement, Vol:40, ISSN:0967-3334

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