Academic CV


Education

Ph.D. (Physics and Astronomy). The University of Glasgow. 2012-2016 [Link to Thesis PDF]

M.Sc. Astrophysics. (with merit) The University of Glasgow. 2011 - 2012

B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics and Astronomy. The University of Glasgow. 2007 - 2011



Awards

Moor Instruments Best  Technology Oral Prize.  Awarded for a 15 minute research talk at the 65th Annual Meeting of the British Microcirculation Society in Manchester, 2015. 

Joint winner of the Hunter-Cumming Postgraduate Prize for Outreach 2015. Awarded by the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow in recognition of outstanding contribution to public outreach.

FameLab Scotland Winner 2015. Winner of the Scottish heat of the highly competitive FameLab science communication competition. 3 minute talk explaining an advanced scientific concept with 3 minutes questions in front of a public audience at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

FameLab UK Finalist 2015. UK finalist in the highly competitive FameLAB competition. Format:  3 minute talk explaining an advanced scientific concept with 3 minutes questions in front of a public audience at The Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

European Science Slam Finalist 2014. I was invited to perform a 10 minute talk at the first European science slam final in Copenhagen Science in the City festival. I competed against researchers from all across Europe and the audience was mainly international schoolchildren and members of the public. 

University of Glasgow Science Slam Winner 2013. Winner of the 1st annual Glasgow University Science Slam. 10 minute talk about my research to the public. Audience decided winner. 


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 

For a per-project breakdown,  see my research page

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Research FellowSeptember 2016 to present

School of Biomedical Sciences. University of Leeds. Supervisor: Prof. Paul Millner. 
Project title: 'Functionalised Rare-Earth Up-Conversion Nanoparticles; Reagentless Fluorimetric Nanobiosensors for Biological Analytes' . In this ongoing project I am investigating the development and use of up-converting Rare-Earth doped nanoparticles to measure heart and stroke biomarkers in biological solutions.

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Research Assistant. May 2016 - August 2016

School of Chemical and Process Engineering. University of Leeds. Supervisors: Prof. Gin Jose and Dr Sikha Saha

Project title: 'Rare-Earth Fluorometric Sensors for Quantification of Biomarkers in Biological Solutions'
In this short-term postdoctoral position I investigated the use of Rare-Earth ions as an all-optical probe to measure stroke and heart disease biomarkers in water and blood plasma and serum solutions. This project involved inter-disciplinary collaboration across engineering, biochemical, and medical researchers.

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PhD researcher. October 2012 - April 2016.

School of Physics and Astronomy. University of Glasgow.  Supervisor: Prof. Andy Harvey.

Thesis title: 'in vivo microvascular oximetry using multispectral imaging'
My PhD focused on using non-invasive imaging spectroscopy to measure the oxygen saturation of haemoglobin  within  blood  in vivo.  I worked simultaneously on several inter-displinary projects, collaborating with researchers from across the UK. Highlights include: 

  1.  I formulated a research question leading to the observation of a previously unseen oxygen diffusion from ambient air into the bulbar conjunctival microvasculature. 
  2. I  implemented  an  entirely-new  non-invasive  computational  angiography technique and successfully demonstrated it in humans.
  3.  Work in collaboration with neurologists at UCL has resulted in improved understanding of the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. 


TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

  • Tutor: HBM1. School of Medicine, University of Leeds. I delivered a term-long series of tutorials for 1st year medical students.  16 hours direct contact time over 12 sessions, with additional marking duties.
  • Undergraduate research project supervision: I've helped plan and supervise the research projects of two final-year physics students at the University of Glasgow. 2015-2016.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh 'Science Startup Masterclass' Astrophysics team leader. 2013 - 2014. As part of a larger series of events, I organised and ran pre-planned Saturday-morning astrophysics-themed workshops for schoolchildren who were interested in science. I was responsible for the well-being of 35 children and for organising a team of 4 - 6 postgraduate mentors. 
  • Undergraduate lab demonstrator. I helped explain concepts and  marked lab-books and reports of 2nd year undergraduate students studying astronomy. The University of Glasgow.  2013-2014.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh 'Science Startup Masterclass' Astrophysics mentor. 2012. 
  • 'Summer at Strathclyde' Astrophysics Team leader. 2010-2011. As part of a larger summer school program, I organised a week of pre-planned activities for schoolchildren and led a team of student mentors. I was responsible for the well-being of ~20 schoolchildren.

See also: the science communication section. 


SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW

I have reviewed a paper for the journal IEEE Sensors.


Major Conferences Attended

  • Biological Interfaces - Interfacing with Biology (Leeds). December 2016.
  • Photon 16 (September 2016, Leeds). Poster. 
  • British Society for Cardiovascular Research Autumn Meeting 2016 (September 2016, Leeds). Poster.
  • 2016 International Oximetry Workshop (January 2016, Glasgow). Two 20 minute presentations.
  • 2015 British Science Association Science Communication Conference (June 2016, Manchester).
  • British Microcirculation Society 65th Annual Meeting (April 2015, Manchester).
  • Photon 14 (September 2014, London). Poster. 
  • 2013 British Science Association Science Communication Conference (London).

Programming and I.T. skills

  • Programming: Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, and Arduino.
  • General: MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, and Outlook.
  • Graphic design: Photoshop & GIMP.
  • Web development: Wordpress, T3 content manager, SquareSpace.

Professional Memberships

  • The Institute of Physics. 2007 to present. 
  • The University and College Union (UCU). 2016 to present.

References are AVAILABLE upon request