Dr Ilias Tachtsidis

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Ilias Tachtsidis, Ph.D.

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

Head of Multimodal Spectroscopy Group,
Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory,
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering,
University College London


Room 3.18, Malet Place Engineering Building,

UCL Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 0269
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0255
Email: iliastac@medphys.ucl.ac.uk

Academic Positions

Jan 2010 – Dec 2014 Wellcome Trust Research Fellow University College London UK

  • Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering.
  • Funded on a Research Career Development Fellowship, The Wellcome Trust, Grant:088429/Z/09/Z with title “The fusion of optical and magnetic resonance spectroscopy technologies to deliver novel multimodal methods to investigate brain injury in adults and neonates.”

Oct 2006 – Dec 2009 Post Doctoral Research Fellow University College London UK

  • Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering.
  • Funded on “A multidisciplinary approach to non invasive optical measurements of cellular energetics in the human brain.” EPSRC grant EP/D060982/1

Oct 2004 – Oct 2006 Research Fellow University College London UK

  • Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering.
  • Funded on “Guiding and assessing neuroprotection strategies in brain injury: development of continuous, non-invasive bedside monitoring of cerebral oxygenation and haemodynamics.” Clinical Research & Development Committee of RF&UCMS/UCLH

Visiting Academic Research Posts

Mar 2010 - Jun 2010 Research Fellow Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin Germany.

  • Dr Heidrun Wabnitz Biomedical Optics Laboratory
  • Funded on the Visiting Scholars Program of PTB, Germany

Jan 2007 - Apr 2007 Visiting Research Fellow the University of Applied Sciences, in Remagen, Germany.

  • Professor Matthias Kohl-Bareis Biomedical Optics Laboratory
  • Funded on “Development of optical instrumentation.” Royal Academy of Engineering, UK

Academic qualifications

Sep 2001- May 2005 PhD in Medical Physics (University College London, University of London, UK)

  • Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering.
  • PhD in Medical Physics under an EPSRC/MRC IRC Studentship.
  • Title of thesis “Experimental Measurements of Cerebral Haemodynamics and Oxygenation and Comparisons with a Computational Model: a Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Investigation” under supervision of Prof. D.T. Delpy and Dr C.E. Elwell

Sep 2000-Sep 2001 MSc in Medical Electronic and Physics (Queen Mary, University of London UK)

  • Department of Engineering, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
  • MSc in Medical Electronic and Physics (merit).
  • Title of thesis “The development and evaluation of a fast response analogue oximetry system for assessment of circulation times in man” under supervision Dr D.P. Jones and Dr C.B. Wolff

Sep 1997-Jun 2000 BEng (Hons) in Medical Electronics and Computing (Bournemouth University, UK)

  • School of Design Engineering & Computing, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB, UK
  • BEng (Hons) in Medical Electronics and Computing (2:1).
  • Title of thesis “The development and evaluation of a photoplethysmographic system for looking at arterial wave mechanics” under supervision Prof. D. Claremont

Research Grants

Research Career Development Fellowship, The Wellcome Trust, Grant:088429/Z/09/Z with title “The fusion of optical and magnetic resonance spectroscopy technologies to deliver novel multimodal methods to investigate brain injury in adults and neonates.” Awarded in 2009 total cost 528536£

Named investigator in EPSRC grant EP/D060982/1 with title “A multidisciplinary approach to non invasive optical measurements of cellular energetics in the human brain.” awarded in 2006 total cost 348000£.

Honorary Appointments

  • Oct 2004 - to date, Research Fellow, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London

Awards

  • August 2007, The Melvin H. Knisely Award from the International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissue to acknowledge a young investigator for outstanding achievements in research related to oxygen transport to tissue. Presented at the ISOTT 2007 conference in Uppsala, Sweden
  • September 2007, Bellman Prize for the best paper in ‘Mathematical Biosciences’ over a two-year period.
  • August 2004, Duane F. Bruley award from International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissue. ISOTT 2004 conference Bari Italy

Travel Awards

  • October 2008, Travel & Registration award from the Royal Society, UK. ISOTT conference 2008 Sapporo, Japan
  • January 2007, International Travel award from Royal Academy of Engineering, UK., Two months visit from 29th of January to 29th of March 2007 to Professor Matthias Kohl-Bareis biomedical optics laboratory in the University of Applied Sciences, in Remagen, Germany.
  • August 2006, Travel &Registration award from the Graduate School Staff Conference Fund of University College London, UK. Gordon Conference in Brain Energy Metabolism & Blood Flow 2006, Oxford, UK.
  • May 2006, Travel &Registration award from the Royal Society, UK. Biomedical Optics 2006 conference Florida, USA
  • August 2005, Travel award from the Medical Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, UK. ISOTT 2005 conference Brisbane Australia
  • June 2005, Travel & registration award from Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Brain ’05 (ISCBFM conference, Amsterdam, June 2005)

Invited Talks

  • 2nd September 2009, 15th Annual Meeting British Chapter of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (BC-ISMRM) 2-4 September 2009, Cardiff, UK
  • Title: Multimodal neuroimaging: Complementing MRI and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.
  • 24th November 2009, Departmental Seminar for the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) PTB is the national metrology institute in Berlin Germany
  • Title: Methods for identification of neuronal function and systemic interference in functional near-infrared spectroscopy data during frontal lobe activation.
  • 23rd February 2010, Seminar for the Brain Mapping: Methods and Applications Seminar Series of The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) Cardiff, UK
  • Title: Identification and Quantification of Neuronal Function and Systemic Interference in Functional NIRS (or Functional OT).
  • 24th May 2010, Seminar for the Dahlem Institute for Neuroimaging of Emotion (D.I.N.E.) Seminar Series Dahlem Institute for Neuroimaging of Emotion (D.I.N.E.), Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Title: Identification and Quantification of Neuronal Function and Systemic Interference in Functional NIRS (or Functional OT).
  • 28th May 2010, Departmental Seminar for the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) PTB is the national metrology institute in Berlin Germany
  • Title: Measuring absolute cerebral blood flow using NIRS a historical perspective and current trends.
  • 22nd July 2010, Keynote Lecture for the Annual Meeting for the International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT), July 18-23, 2010, Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verita, Ascona Switzerland
  • Title: Measuring brain energy metabolism with NIRS: the research of the noninvasive invivo measurement of cerebral cytochromecoxidase redox changes in the adult human brain
  • 23rd February 2011, Seminar for the ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences Barcelona, Spain
  • Title: Measuring brain tissue energy metabolism in the adult human brain using light.

Current Teaching Commitments

I am a lecturer on an undergraduate Physiological Monitoring course that is directed to third year medical intercalated and electronic engineering students. I have organised and run near-infrared spectroscopy teaching labs for postgraduate students, including a one-day intensive lab in theory, methodology and applications of NIRS for monitoring brain and muscle physiology (near-infrared light and tissue interactions, chromophore quantification, principles of photoplethysmography and pulse oximetry, principles of NIRS). Also I have presented a two-hour lab seminar for MSc biomedical engineering students on applications of NIRS. I have supervised numerous final year BSc and MSc student projects and I am a supervisor of two PhD students and a co-supervisor of one PhD student.

Professional Societies

2001- Member, International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

2002- Associate Member of Institute of Physics

2003- Member, Optical Society of America

2005- Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissue

Research Staff Development and Training

  • Recruitment and Selection HR Policy Briefing for 2 hours attended (04/12/2009)
  • Research Staff Conference - Extra Roberts Day for 1 day attended (23/06/2009)
  • UCL Research Staff Conference for 1 day attended (22/06/2009)
  • Careers Advisor Consultation 30 Mins for 2 hours attended (18/05/2009)
  • CV and Applications - Careers Workshop for 1 day attended (18/05/2009)
  • UCL Careers in Research Online Survey 2009 provided by BOS at University College London for 1 hour attended (19/06/2009)
  • Fundamentals of Teaching, Assessment provided by CALT, including Planning a Session/Reflecting on Teaching, How Students Learn/Conception of Learning and Lecturing/Presentation Skills (21/01/2009-01/04/2009)
  • Effective Research Student Supervision at UCL (10/04/2008)
  • Managing Individual Performance (05/03/2008)
  • Hands on Electron Microscopy (28/02/2008)
  • Planning a Research Project (20/02/2008)
  • Recruitment and Selection (07/02/2008)
  • Lecturing to foreign students (29/01/2008)
  • Research Grants Administration (30/11/2007)
  • Project Management Four Days Course (09/11/2007)
  • University budgets for researchers (30/10/2007)
  • Project Management Techniques (29/10/2007)
  • pFACT (Project Financial Appraisal and Costing Tool) (11/10/2007)
  • Getting Grant Funding for Science (22/11/2006)
  • Influencing and Negotiating in Research (28/11/2006)
  • Career and Professional Development (13/12/2006 to 14/12/2006)
  • Laboratory & Practical Class Teaching for Demonstrators (S&E) (23/05/2005)
  • Statistics (16/01/2004 to 26/03/2004)
  • Bioinformatics (12/07/2004 to 16/07/2003)
  • Ethics Committee Applications for Research Involving Human Subjects (26/11/2003)

Publications

List of publications