I read Engineering Science in Oxford as an undergraduate before completing a doctorate on using mathematical models to explore the growth of bubbles from dissolved gases under decompression in the body – a topic of particular relevance to SCUBA divers, where the resulting sickness is commonly referred to as ‘the bends’. Subsequently I have worked on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain, particularly measuring changes in blood-supply in dementia and stroke patients.
I teach Engineering Science in Trinity, covering primarily topics in electrical, electronic and information engineering. In the Engineering Department I lecture on courses in Quantitative Physiology and Project Management. I also direct the training programme for postgraduate students in the newly created Doctoral Training Centre in Biomedical Imaging.
I head the Quantitative Biomedical Inference group that brings together inference techniques from information engineering with mathematical models of physics and physiology to estimate quantitative information for biomedical and especially clinical applications. My main interests currently are in medical imaging of metabolism and haemodynamics, including the changes in perfusion and pH seen in the brain of stroke patients.