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I am a Senior Research Fellow; my area of interest is light-tissue interaction. I am a member of the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences and my work is based at Salford Royal Hospital and in the Photon Science Institute (School of Physics and Astronomy).

Research interests

I am currently an Senior Research Fellow. I recently completed an Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) Fellow (Career Development Fellowship; January 2011-2017). My Fellowship was entitled ‘Shedding light on the cause of systemic sclerosis: Can non-invasive imaging techniques elucidate pathogenesis and measure disease?’ My work involves the development and application of novel, non-invasive imaging techniques in order to learn more about skin structure and blood vessel structure and function. I am particularly interested identifying changes due to the progression of systemic sclerosis (a systemic connective tissue disease which causes skin fibrosis and decreased perfusion) and how skin in patients with systemic sclerosis differs from that of healthy controls.

Prior to my Arthritis Resaerch Fellowship I was a University of Manchester ‘Stepping Stone’ Fellow (2005-2010), project entitled ‘Optical techniques for imaging structure and blood flow in microvascular disease’. The project involved developing and implementing imaging techniques to measure cutaneous perfusion for the purpose of monitoring disease progression and treatment response. In addition to imaging novel treatments for two aspects of the systemic sclerosis disease (telangiectases and digital ischaemia) were piloted.

My work is multi-disciplinary, involving a significant amount of collaboration with other groups within and outside the university and with industry.

My collaborations

Prof Ariane Herrick

Prof Christopher Griffiths

Dr Graham Dinsdale

Dr Mark Dickinson

Prof Christopher Taylor

Dr Rachel Watson

Dr Mike Berks 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Institute of Physics (1998)
  • British Microcirculation Society (2003)
  • European Society for Microcirculation (2007)
  • British Medical Laser Association (2007)


  • 1998 - MPhys (Physics)
  • 2001 - PhD (Physics)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Photon Science Institute


  • laser photonics
  • non-invasive imaging
  • scleroderma
  • morphoea
  • fibrosis
  • ischaemia
  • hypoxia


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