Professor Clare Elwell


Clare Elizabeth Elwell, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Physics

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

Room 3.04
Malet Place Engineering Building , UCL Gower Street, London , WC1E 6BT , UK

Phone: (44-020) 7679-0270
Fax: (44-020) 7679-0255


  • B.Sc. (Physics with Medical Physics) University of Exeter (1988)
  • M.Phil "Measurements in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea" University of Exeter (1991)
  • Ph.D. "Measurement and data analysis techniques for the investigation of adult cerebral haemodynamics using near infrared spectroscopy" University College London (1995)

Research Interests

  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Instrumentation Development
  • Monitoring Brain Injury In Adults, Children And Neonates
  • Functional Activation Studies In Adults And Young Infants
  • Mathematical Modelling Of Cerebral Circulation and Metabolism
  • Muscle Oxygenation Studies In Athletes

Teaching Activities

  • Intercalated B.Sc. Tutor
  • MPHY3886/MPHYM886 – Optics in Medicine
  • MPHY1886 – Essential Medical Physics
  • M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging
  • M.Sc. in Radiation Physics with Medical Applications
  • M.Res. Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX)

Public Engagement Activities

  • British Association Festival of Science. Liverpool, 2008
  • Design Council “Design of the Times” Exhibition and Biennial, Newcastle, 2007
  • Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London and Glasgow, 2006
  • Regular talks for The Royal Institution of Science, Institute of Physics, Institute of Education and numerous schools and university open days