Director of the IBME
Prof. Sebastien Ourselin obtained his PhD in Computer Science from INRIA (France) in the field of medical image analysis. He is currently Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging, member of the Board of Director of the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), Head of the Translational Imaging Group (TIG) within CMIC, and Professor of Medical Image Computing at the University College London (UCL). He has published over 300 journal and conference articles (not including abstracts). He is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Journal of Medical Imaging (SPIE), Scientific Reports (Nature), and member of the Editorial Board of Medical Image Analysis.
Prof. Ourselin is leading the translational imaging research program between CMIC and the UCL Institute of Neurology, and has established in collaboration with Prof Nick Fox a new imaging unit at Queen Square to deliver engineering solutions for clinical trials. In collaboration with Prof John Duncan, he is also leading the development of an image-guided neurosurgery platform, which has already been deployed within the interventional MRI environment at Queen Square for temporal lobe epilepsy. This work built the foundation to expand the work into neurosurgical planning, currently funded under the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health HICF scheme. He is also leading the development of the open-source NifTK platform. Most of these activities are underpinning GIFT-Surg’s technological foundations, an Innovative Engineering for Health grant funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC. In collaboration with KU Leuven, GIFT-Surg will deliver a new platform for fetal therapy and surgery through a unique combination of innovative interventional imaging systems and advanced surgical tools offering new levels of visualisation, flexibility and precision.
Dr Eric de Silva
Associate Director for Research & Development
Eric is a physicist by training (BSc Physics at Queen Mary). After a masters project in experimental astronomy and studies in planetary geology he completed a doctorate in extragalactic astrophysics in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (PhD, Darwin College). Following this he moved to University College London to work on statistical and population genetics and then biological networks and evolutionary biology in Professor Michael Stumpf’s Theoretical Systems Biology group at Imperial College, London. With an interest in science communication he joined Sense About Science, an organisation that promotes evidence-based science in the media and Parliament as their Science Liason Officer, but missing research rejoined academia to work with Dr J Krishnan in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College developing mathematical models of protein synthesis.He subsequently joined the Evolutionary Epidemiology group in the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling in the Department Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Here his research involved understanding how evolutionary changes at the genetic sequence level interact with those at the epidemiological scale. Eric is also interested in the burgeoning field of astrobiology and organised the first Astrobiology and Early Evolution meeting at Imperial College and was formerly membership secretary of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.
Dr Jennifer Griffiths
Associate Director for Teaching & Training
Jenny completed a physics degree at the University of Oxford before moving to UCL for a Masters and then PhD in Radiation Physics in the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. She then continued in the department working on x-ray imaging techniques for medical and security imaging with an emphasis on x-ray diffraction of non-crystalline materials and intelligent imaging.Over time, she became involved with the department’s postgraduate teaching and became Course Director and developer for a new distance learning MSc course, which opened up the department’s teaching to a wide international audience.Jenny frequently gives public talks on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and performed at Bright Club at the 2011 Brighton Science Festival.
Szabi has degrees in Business Administration and in Economics. Currently he is studying for a Master’s in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at City University London. Before joining UCL he worked for the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s Hospital and for Imperial College London. At the IBME he leads enterprise and translation and runs the MedTech Innovation Laboratory. His main responsibilities are industrial liaison and facilitating commercialisation.