Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Female Futures

Female Futures is an initiative to support women and underrepresented groups in STEM. We provide events and resources to foster an open, transparent and collaborative environment in the department.

Meet the Female Futures Committee

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Dr Charlotte Maughan Jones is a Female Futures committee member and a researcher in the department.

Learn more about how she went from being a vet to a medical physicist, and completed her PhD shortly after becoming a parent.



Professor Clare Elwell is a Female Futures committee member and an academic in the department.

Learn more about Clare's award-winning research and work to inspire girls and women in STEM.



Dr Elly Martin is a Female Futures committee member and a researcher in the department.

Learn more about Elly's work in the Biomedical Ultrasound Group.

Our events

The monthly Cake & Connections event is an informal drop-in session for Department staff and students of any gender to meet and connect. Sessions are usually themed around a specific topic, with special guests invited who are present throughout the event to answer questions or just meet face to face.

Drop in: Find out about the next Cake & Connections event on the intranet

Women in the department

As we aim to encourage more girls and young women to choose STEM paths, it is important for us to highlight the work that our female academics are currently doing. Read profiles and learn more about some of the women that are driving the Department's teaching and research forward:

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Professor Maria Hawkins is an academic in radiation oncology, working with UCLH's new Proton Beam Therapy Centre. Find her on UCL IRIS.

Lynsey Duffell

Dr Lynsey Duffell is an academic in the department working on neuromodulation. Find her on UCL IRIS.

Gemma Bale

Dr Gemma Bale is a researcher in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory. Learn more about her life in the Department and her recent British Science Association Media Fellowship.


Athena SWAN and Women in STEM

In 2020, we successfully renewed our Athena SWAN Bronze Award – an award the Department has held since 2008.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter has since been expanded to cover additional disciplines and addresses gender equality more broadly. The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering currently holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing the careers of women in STEM.

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The reason for the launch of our Female Futures initiative, and why this field needs organisations like Athena SWAN, is a stark under-representation of women in physics and engineering. A report by the Institute of Physics in 2018 found that only 1.9% of girls study A level Physics compared to 6.5% of boys, despite the fact that girls perform just as well as boys in the subject at GCSE. In addition to Female Futures, our department therefore has a dedicated Athena SWAN committee, chaired by Professor Jem Hebden. As Jem explains: 

We are keen to change those numbers. We strive for, and regularly achieve, a 50/50 gender balance on our courses, and our staff and students are 100% committed to promoting Physics and Engineering to female school students and early-career women who might not otherwise have considered these subjects as a career option. I am incredibly proud of this diverse, welcoming department and of the staff and students working so hard to spread the word — to girls and boys alike — about this exciting field of research and the many career routes a degree in Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering can lead to."

The Athena SWAN Committee meets every month to ensure that our departmental culture, processes and career support mechanisms take into account the particular needs of staff and students, both male and female, with childcare or other caring responsibilities. 

Department Athena SWAN Committee



Other roles 

Prof. Jem Hebden 


Chair of SAT 

Dr. Charlotte Hagen 

RAEng Research Fellow 

Deputy chair of SAT 

Zoë Öhman  

Communications & Marketing Manager 

Athena SWAN Support Officer 

Prof. Andy Nisbet 


Head of Department 

Dr. Andre Altmann 

MRC Senior Research Fellow 


Dr. Gemma Bale 

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 


Prof. Clare Elwell 

Professor and Faculty Vice Dean for Impact 

Female Futures co-lead 

Dr. Pilar Garcia Souto 

Principal Teaching Fellow 


Dr. Olivia Goodkin  

Senior Clinical Research Fellow 


Eve Hatten  

Teaching Lab Manager 


Dr. Henry Lancashire  



Kate Litwinczuk  

Centre Administrator & Executive Assistant 


Dr. Elly Martin  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Female Futures co-lead 

Lorenzo Molinari  

Undergraduate student 


Dr. Charlotte Maughan Jones  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Female Futures co-lead 

Chris Mayhew  

PGT student 


Mohini Nair 

Teaching & Learning Administrator 


Dr. Sacha Noimark  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Women@WEISS co-lead 

Tracy Pearmain  

PA to HoD and HR Administrator 


Hab Salik  

Departmental Manager, DM 


Nayereh Seyedarabi  

Part-time PhD student 


Dr. Bradley Treeby  

EPSRC Senior Research Fellow 


Dr. Tijana Jevtic Vojinovic  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Women@WEISS co-lead 

Dr. Rebecca Yerworth  

Principal Teaching Fellow