I am a lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences and a member of the Applied Optics Group, where I develop applications of photonics in biosciences and medicine. My current research mainly focuses on new ways of building thin, flexible endoscopic and needle microscopes – miniature probes which allows us visualise living tissue in real time. I am also interested in developing low cost microscopes for point-of-care imaging.
I began my career at Durham University, graduating in 2006 with an MSci in Physics. I moved south to Canterbury for my PhD to work on a joint project with the British Museum, the National Gallery and NTU, developing applications of Optical Coherence Tomography in art conservation and archaeology. I then changed direction slightly and moved to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to complete the IPEM Part 1 training programme in medical physics, with rotations in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy. I returned to the world of optics in late 2011, when I took up the position of Research Associate in Biophotonics at the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, where I developed endomicroscopy systems for applications in surgery, and later became a Hamlyn Fellow. I moved to Kent as a lecturer in 2017 to develop a research programme in point-of-care and endoscopic microscopy.