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Prof Sandy Macrobert
Charles Bell House
67-73 Riding House St
  • Professor of Photochemistry and Photobiology
  • Department of Tissue & Energy
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Research Summary

Alexander (Sandy) MacRobert (Professor of Photochemistry and Photobiology) is based in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL, which specializes in translational research involving close collaboration between scientists (biologists, chemists and physicists), engineers and senior clinical academic staff. Professor MacRobert has published over 200 articles and reviews, with over 5,000 citations.  Before joining UCL in 1992 as a lecturer, he held research fellowships at Imperial College and the Royal Institution, London and at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, where he held a Royal Society Exchange Fellowship from 1983-85. He was appointed as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008. He has extensive experience of supervising PDRAs (over 20 to date) and has carried out multidisciplinary research on photodynamic therapy and photochemical internalisation ranging from basic photophysical studies of photosensitisers to pre-clinical in vivo pharmacokinetics and therapy. His research is supported by the UK Research Councils (BBSRC, MRC), including studies on the development of nanoparticle-based tumour diagnostics in collaboration with a UK SME (Nanoco), and he is a member of the UK Image-guided therapy consortium, funded by the EPSRC. Recent international collaborations include the University of Padova funded through the EU (NANOPHOTO, FP7), University of Oslo (Prof. Kristian Berg) and PCI Biotech AS on photochemical internalisation, and Harvard Medical School (Prof. Michael Hamblin).

Academic Background
1981 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry Queen Mary and Westfield College
1977 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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