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Academic awarded prestigious research fellowship

14 August 2019

Dr Richard James Colchester (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.

Richard James Colchester head shot

Dr Colchester received the award for his work on all-optical ultrasound imaging, a system that uses light to both generate and receive ultrasound. This means that more detailed, real-time ultrasound images can be produced by creating miniaturised imaging devices using optical fibres.

The fellowship includes five years’ worth of funding and mentorship, which Dr Colchester will use to develop a technology platform based on the same imaging technique. The platform will enable multiple modes of imaging at the same time from a single optical fibre, allowing an unprecedented level of miniaturisation and the potential to revolutionise how collaborators carry out their clinical practice.

“I am both proud and honoured to have received one of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowships,” said Dr Colchester. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue my research and create a real impact on the future of medical imaging.”

The Academy’s Research Fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by enabling early-career researchers to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering. Through mentoring from an experienced Academy Fellow, academics receive valuable advice and industry links to support them to establish themselves as future leaders in their fields.

Professor Philip Nelson CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships Steering Group, said: “I am delighted to announce these five-year Research Fellowships to 18 of the most promising engineering academics working in the UK today.

“Engineering research plays a vital role in addressing societal and industrial challenges, both today and in the future, and the variety and impact of the research being done by these awardees demonstrates the depth and breadth of world-leading engineering expertise we have within our universities.

“We have been able to appoint a record number of new engineering Research Fellowships this year, thanks to the government’s Investment in Research Talent initiative, which has provided the Academy with a significant increase in funding over the next few years to attract and retain the best research talent in the UK and support their work.”



  • Dr Richard Colchester.

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