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Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng, Head of School 

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng, is Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. He is also Director of the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering and Deputy Director of the London Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value Based Healthcare.

He has over 20 years of experience within academia and research organisations across three countries. Alongside Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, he is leading the establishment of a MedTech Hub, located at St Thomas’ campus. The vision for the Hub is to create a unique ecosystem, enabling academia, industry and the NHS to work in synergy and develop health technologies (including medical devices), workforce and operational improvements that will be of global significance.

He has significant experience in translating and commercialising healthcare technology and is a co-founding member of two academic spin-out companies.

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Professor Alexander Hammers, Head (PET Centre) 

Alexander Hammers, a neurologist with a particular interest in epilepsy, is Professor of Imaging and Neuroscience and Head of the King’s College London & Guy’s and St Thomas’ PET Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital. 

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Professor Rene Botnar, Head of Biomedical Engineering 

Rene Botnar joined the King’s College London in 2007, where he is currently Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging and Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Dr. Botnar is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine and a member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance; he was a board member of Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance from 2008-2011 and was on the scientific advisory board of the High Risk Plaque initiative. 

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Professor Vicky Goh, Head of Cancer Imaging 

Professor Vicky Goh obtained her medical degree from the University of Cambridge, and trained in General Medicine and Radiology in London, completing a Fellowship in Cross-sectional Imaging at Toronto, Canada. She joined Kings College London in 2011 as Chair of Clinical Cancer Imaging. She has served as Head of Department, Cancer Imaging within the School since 2017. She is past president of the European Society of Oncologic Imaging and currently chairs the Academic Committee at the Royal College of Radiologists and the Workforce Group of the NIHR Imaging Group.

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Professor Amedeo Chiribiri, Head of Cardiovascular Imaging 

Professor Amedeo Chiribiri is Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Imaging. Professor Chiribiri received his degree in Medicine from the University of Turin (Italy) with an experimental thesis on the role of coronary endothelium in the modulation of myocardial contractility in 2001. He completed his training in Cardiology in 2006 and received his PhD in Experimental Medicine and Human Physiology in 2011. After an experience as research fellow in human cardiovascular physiology the University of Turin, during his training in cardiology he has developed an interest in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, in particular echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. His research is mainly focused on the non-invasive and high-resolution quantification of myocardial perfusion and assessment of coronary pathophysiology.

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Professor Phil Blower, Head of Imaging Chemistry & Biology

Since 2006 Phil Blower has been at King’s College London as Chair in Imaging Chemistry. His research interests are best summarised as “molecular imaging” mainly using inorganic chemistry tools. Most recently he has begun to focus on use of PET to study metallomics and in vivo cell tracking. As Head of the Imaging Chemistry and Biology Dept, he has built a large interdisciplinary research group with wide interests covering radiopharmaceutical chemistry and biology for PET, SPECT and radionuclide therapy, applying inorganic chemistry from all parts of the periodic table to nuclear medicine. He has published >217 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 40 successful PhD students. He played a leading role in setting up the new Chemistry Dept and its undergraduate programme at King’s in 2012 and served as its first interim Head. He has served on various peer review panels for international grant awarding bodies and journals and as Editor in Chief of Nuclear Medicine Communications. His path to this point followed a BA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and DPhil in Chemistry (Sussex), and postdoctoral experience in inorganic chemistry at Indiana University and Oxford University. His first academic post was a joint appointment (1987) at Kent and Canterbury Hospital (Radiopharmacy) and the University of Kent (Biosciences). 

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Professor David Edwards, Head of Perinatal Imaging & Health

David Edwards is Director of the Centre for the Developing Brain, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine, and Head of the Department of Perinatal Imaging and Health, King’s College London, as well as Consultant Neonatologist, Evelina Children’s Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, Visiting Professor in the Department of Bioengineeing, Imperial College, and recipient of the 2007 Arvo Yllpo Quinquennial International Gold Medal. He was previously Weston Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Chairman and Head of Department of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London.

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Professor Kawal Rhode, Academic lead for Education

Professor Rhode is Head of Education for the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. He oversees the School's delivery of taught programmes, including the BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering, MSc/MRes Healthcare Technologies and the iBSc Imaging Sciences.

Professor Rhode obtained his bachelor’s degree in Basic Medical Sciences and Radiological Sciences at Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospitals Medical School in 1992. From 1998 to 2001, he studied for a doctorate in the Department of Surgery, University College London, investigating quantitative blood flow analysis using X-ray angiography. From 2001 to 2007, Professor Rhode was employed at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imgaging Sciences as a post-doctoral researcher working in the field of image-guided interventions, particularly catheter-based electrophysiology procedures. During this time, he developed novel methods for the registration of cardiac MRI data to X-ray fluoroscopy data for guiding minimally-invasive catheter-based procedures in the hybrid XMR environment. He also worked in close collaboration with industry to extend these techniques to provide image-guided solutions for standard catheter laboratories.

In 2007, Professor Rhode was appointed Lecturer in Image Processing at King’s College London, Senior Lecturer in 2011, Reader in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 and Professor in 2016. His current research interests include image-guided interventions, intelligent mechatronics systems for interventions and ultrasound imaging, 3D printing in healthcare and pedagogy for biomedical engineering.

Professor Rhode has more than 400 publications in journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and patents.

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Professor Steven Niederer, Academic Lead for Research and Impact 

Professor Steven Niederer completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science at the University of Auckland and received his DPhil in computer science from the University of Oxford in 2008. Professor Niederer was a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Life Sciences Interface Early Career Fellow at Oxford prior to moving to Kings’ College London where he is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

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Professor Paul Marsden, Academic lead for Development, Diversity & Inclusion

Paul Marsden has been involved in PET imaging for most of his career and has worked in all aspects of the field from the production of new radionuclides through to the development of clinical and research scanning protocols. He has a degree in physics at Oxford University, and a PhD in Medical Physics from the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London. His research track record includes the early development of combined PET and MRI imaging systems, data analysis methods for clinical and research PET studies, the development of radionuclide production methods and development of PET and PET-CT image acquisition methods.

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Dr Wenfeng Xia, Academic lead for International 

Dr Wenfeng Xia is a Lecturer and International Lead in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, UK. He received a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and a MSc in Medical Physics from University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D from University of Twente, Netherlands. From 2014 to 2018, he was a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London, UK.

He leads the Photons+ Ultrasound Research Laboratory (PURL) at King's College London, which brings together talented scientists who are committed to transform the ways that surgical and interventional procedures are performed via ground-breaking technological innovations. They are fascinated by how light and sound interact with biological tissue, and how they can be used for patient benefit. In particular, the research at PURL is centered on the technological advancements and clinical translation of photoacoustics (also called optoacoustics), an emerging imaging and sensing technique that is based on light generated ultrasound.

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Dr Denise Barton, School Manager

Dr Denise Barton joined the university in May 2018. Prior to this, she worked as the Institute Manager for The Institute for Healthcare Engineering at University College London. The School Manager is responsible for working in partnership with the Head of School to provide strategic and operational leadership within the School to deliver the ambitious research, education and clinical services. This includes responsibility for all School professional services, overseeing the School’s finances, as well as a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Denise ensures that the academic endeavour is supported by excellent professional services support and is a member of the Faculty Operations Executive through which she works closely with the Faculty Operating Officer and the other School Managers across the Faculty.

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