Dr Lewis MacKenzie specialises in optics, imaging, and spectroscopy applied to biological and biomedical applications. He currently is a postdoctoral research associate in the Pal Group at Durham University, Department of Chemistry, where he develops world-leading chiral spectroscopy instrumentation and researches the application of molecular nanomachines for selective destruction of cancer cells.

Lewis originally studied Physics and Astronomy before undertaking his PhD in optical biomedical imaging at within the Imaging Concepts Group at the University of Glasgow (UK), where he developed technologies and applications for non-invasive imaging of blood oxygen levels. After his PhD Lewis worked as a Research Fellow in the BioNanotechnology (Millner) Group  at the University of Leeds (UK), where he researched the application of upconversion nanoparticles as deep-tissue biosensors.

Outside the lab, Lewis is a keen science communicator, and has won multiple science communication awards. He has recently published world-leading peer-reviewed solo research into how podcasts are being used to communicate science globally. This work has been featured in both Science and Nature.

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