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Biography

I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in physics in 2006. I then continued on to a PhD in photon physics supervised by Dr Mark Dickinson in the Photon Science Institute. My PhD centred around various applications of a non-invasive biological imaging technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT). I'm currently a post-doctoral research associate in the systemic sclerosis research group, which comes under the umbrella of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. I split my time between University Main Campus (Stopford Building) and Salford Royal Hospital.

From August 2013 until March 2014 I co-ordinated the ESOS study into early diffuse scleroderma.

I am currently (2015-2018) working on an Arthritis Research UK-funded project developing a mobile phone app (and associated image analysis techniques) for patient-centred photographic monitoring of Raynaud's phenomenon (a circulatory disorder involving temproary interruption of the blood supply to the hands/feet/extremities). This is based in the Centre for Imaging Science, working with Professor Chris Taylor.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Institute of Physics (member since 2002)

SPIE (member since 2008)

Qualifications

MPhys (Hons.) Physics 2006 - The University of Manchester

PhD. Photon Physics 2011 - The University of Manchester

Research interests

My research involves using various imaging techniques in the assessment and understanding of connective tissue diseases such as morphoea and systemic sclerosis. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), nailfold capillaroscopy, laser Doppler imaging and thermal imaging are all used to look at the structure and function of human skin and microvasculature.

I am particularly interested in extracting clinically-relevant colour/shape information from photographs of skin, wounds, and ulcers.

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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

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