Recent Successes

March 2014 - PhD Poster Display

The Medical Physics PhD poster display was held on the 3rd March with presentations from 1st and 2nd year PhD students. The standard was very high.

A small committee judged the posters and the first prize was awarded to the following:

1st year – Chiaki Crews

2nd year – Nir Goren

February 2014 - PhD Showcase

The annual Medical Physics & Bioengineering PhD Showcase was held on the 21st February 2014 where all third year PhD students gave a short and accessible 'snapshot' of their key research goals using just 5 PowerPoint slides to give a greater awareness of the breadth of research activity within the department.

The event was concluded with a prize giving and the winners were as follows:

Alex Menys - Communication of Ideas (picture unavailable)

Emma Malone - Enthusiasm and Engagement

PhD Showcase - Emma Malone

Thomas Millard - Presentation Style

PhD Showcase- Tom Millard

Our thanks are expressed to the Departmental Social Committee who coordinated the event alongside Dr Anne Vanhoestenberghe.

PhD Showcase Organising Committee

November 2013 - Departmental Prize Award Ceremony

The annual student Prize Award Ceremony was held on November 27, 2013 in Room MPEB 2.14. The prize winners were as follows:

  • Geraldine Chee: John Clifton Prize for most outstanding performance by a non-final year undergraduate.
  • Anna Zamir: Sidney Russ Prize for most oustanding performance by a final year undergraduate.
  • Anne-Marie Stapleton: Joseph Rotblat Prize for most outstanding performance by an MSc student.
  • Eftychia Nafti: IPEM Prize for best MSc project.
  • Isabel Christie: Medical Physics & Bioengineering PhD Prize.
Medical Physics 2013 Student Prize Winners

October 2013 - Departmental PhD Prize 2013

There were five nominations for the 2013 Departmental PhD Prize and we are pleased to announce that the winner was Isabel Christie.

September 2013 - Female Prizes

Geraldine Chee has been awarded the 2013 John Clifton Prize for the most outstanding performance by a non final-year undergraduate student.

Anna Zamir has been awarded the Sidney Russ Prize for the most outstanding performance by a final year undergraduate.

August 2013 - Dr. Anne Vanhoestenberghe leaves to take up an Aspire lectureship at UCL.


We are proud to announce that our colleague Dr. Anne Vanhoestenberghe, who has been working in the Implanted Devices group at UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering for ten years, will be taking up an Aspire Lectureship at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculo-skeletal Science. Anne commented that:

“Research in rehabilitation and assistive technology needs to be truly multi-disciplinary to deliver patient benefits, so it’s great to be part of a new team that will combine our strengths and insights. This new role will allow me to develop clinical applications for my work through new collaborations with the medical specialists at the IOMS.”

Anne has been a truly invaluable asset to the department and was recently part of the team who worked on our recent Athena SWAN submission. We wish her all the best in her new position, and look forward to future collaborations.

July 2013 - Marta Caballero travels to Ghana

One of our 2013 medical physics graduates, Marta Caballero, has traveled to Ghana along with another UCL graduate Ewa Karczewska, as part of a Medical Physics Educational and Outreach Project. The project was inspired by UCL’s "paRTner" initiative, a collaboration between UCL and two cancer centres in Ghana to train radiotherapists in West Africa. The project is funded by the Institute of Physics and you can read about Marta and Ewa's exploits on the Institute of Physics website.

July 2013 - Jo Brunker and Paul Doolan - commended for event in parliament.

Jo Brunker & Paul Doolan IOP Parliament

PhD students Paul Doolan and Jo Brunker recently contributed to an Insitute of Physics event in parliament. The Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics was keen to note that “Jo and Paul were a delight to work with, and they added a welcome element of interactivity to the event”.

June 2013 - Graduating students continuing their interests abroad.

Graduating student Mary Neal received a travel grant to visit schools in Ghana and promote cancer awareness in June 2013.

May 2013 -Medical Physics & Bioengineering Open Day

Mattclarkson open day

On May 31, 2013, the UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering held its inaugural Open Day, with exhibitions by our world-leading research groups in medical imaging, radiotherapy and bioengineering. The event was a great success with both internal and external visitors as well as a number of school groups attending.

May 2013 - Unconscious Bias Training

On the May 1, our department hosted an Unconscious Bias Training Session, led by Dr. Marie Stewart. This session was extremely well attended by our staff and Dr. Stewart explained the concept of unconscious bias is and how it permeates through our daily lives. The workshop focused on developing the skills to recognise when unconscious bias arises and how we should adjust our behaviour accordingly.

April 2013 - Award of Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Following our first Athena SWAN submission in November 2012 we were rewarded with a bronze award in April 2013. We are now currently implementing the Action Plan submitted as part of our award and in due course we plan to submit an application for a silver award.

March 2013 -Jo Bunker- SET for Britain Award


Jo Brunker, a PhD student in the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, struck Gold at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her research, walking away with a £3,000 prize on the March 27, 2013.

Jo presented her research on a new technique to study blood flow in tumours to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition SET for Britain, on Monday 18 March. Her research, developing a new imaging technique called "photoacoustic Doppler flowmetry" which can provide new insights into the behavior of tumours, was judged against 59 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out on top. Jo said "I am delighted that my research was so well received. Winning this medal makes me all the more determined to continue with my research so that I can make a difference to our understanding and treatment of tumours."

March 2013 Clare Elwell – Suffrage Science Award

Clare Elwell Suffrage Science Award

On Friday March 8, Professor Clare Elwell, along with 11 other leading researchers, was honoured for her research work at a Suffrage Science Event.

Suffrage Science is an annual Medical Research Council event which celebrates the achievements of leading female researchers in physical sciences and engineering with medical applications, while recalling the historic women’s suffrage movement.

Descendants of suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst awarded the women bespoke heirloom jewellery, reminiscent of the specially crafted jewellery received by noted women of the suffrage movement.

In 2015 these women and their fellow nominees will pass on their heirloom jewellery to the next group of excellent female scientists and communicators, in a bid to encourage them to make their way to the top.

More details about the Suffrage Science 2013 awards can be found here. UCL’s official publicity statement of the Suffrage Science event can be found here.

February 2013 - Focus On The Positive Awards

We have had two winners of UCL’s Focus on the Positive event, run by the UCL Public Engagement Unit. UCL researchers pitch an idea to an audience of 120 people, who then vote to decide which idea they want to support.

Gibrill Kallon (a third year undergraduate) proposed a project to develop a simple system using ultraviolet light to detect carcinogenic toxins in crops for use by farming communities in Sierra Leone.

Kate Ricketts (a post-doctoral researcher) won funding for a network for UK radiotherapy professionals to support and train colleagues in Ghana and elsewhere in Western Africa.

Grants Awarded to Female Researchers

Karin Shmueli has won a £124K EPSRC First Grant on "Optimising magnetic susceptibility mapping to enhance MRI of microbubbles".

Clare Elwell has won an £1.23 million pound grant from the EPSRC on "Multimodal neuroimaging: novel engineering solutions for clinical applications and assistive technologies".