Clare Elwell - Professor of Medical Physics


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

Additionally she is Beacon Mentor for the faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, and Maths and Physical Sciences.

Clare Elwell studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A’ Level and initially had her sights on a career in medicine but lingering concerns about her dislike for biology, chemistry and writing essays did make her question whether she would actually enjoy medical school. Whilst on a summer school for sixth form science students she attended a lecture on Medical Physics and learnt for the first time about how integral physics and engineering are to so many areas of medicine. This was her “light-bulb” moment and she returned from the summer school with a new career aspiration. Although her school careers advisor had never heard of Medical Physics she found an undergraduate course in Physics with Medical Physics at Exeter University. After finishing her degree in 1988 she started work as a Clinical Physicist at the local hospital where she also completed an MPhil on sleep related breathing disorders. She joined University College London as a research assistant in 1991 and completed her PhD in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering in 1995. Her research involves the development and application of novel optical methods for investigating the human brain. She gained an MRC Fellowship in the same year that she became pregnant with her first child and returned to work part time (0.6FTE). Whilst on extended maternity leave with her second child she was awarded a lecturership, taking up the post on continued part time status in 1999. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and increased her hours to 0.8FTE. She continued to build a successful multidisciplinary research team using near infrared spectroscopy techniques to investigate acute brain injury in adults, neurodevelopment in young infants and neurological consequences of cardiothoracic procedures. She was promoted to Professor in 2008 and continues to work part time (0.8 FTE).

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