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Dr Jennifer Griffiths
Engineering Faculty Office
Engineering Front Building
  • Arena Principal Teaching Fellow
  • UCL Arena Centre
  • VP: Education

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Jenny obtained her PhD in Radiation Physics from the UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering and 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. 

The main focus of her work has been in the development of new x-ray techniques and instrumentation for the diagnosis of breast cancer. She has worked on, and was project manager for, a European Union funded project developing intelligent imaging techniques to optimize the dose in mammographic imaging at a local, rather than global, image level.

She has also shown that x-ray diffraction techniques can be used to differentiate between fibrous, fatty and cancerous breast tissues, is now working with clinical colleagues at Barts and The London, and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee to assess whether x-ray diffraction can be used as a clinical biopsy tool to assess tissue type and structural changes to collagen within samples.

Recent collaborations are in the areas of applying techniques in diffraction, x-ray fluorescence and computed tomography to breast cancer, baggage scanning, and 4000-year-old Egyptian artwork.

Jenny is active in public engagement and schools outreach. She is keen to promote Engineering and Physics to the wider community through giving public talks and demonstrations. These have ranged from show and tells in primary schools, through performing at Bright Club - a science and comedy cabaret - at the Brighton Science Festival, and running a Royal Institution Schools Masterclass, to an in-depth discussion of radiotherapy with a University of the Third Age Scientific Interest group.

Teaching Summary
Jenny is the Director of the UCL Engineering Postgraduate Taught Transformation Programme. She is leading a faculty-wide review of over 60 Postgraduate programmes, providing education for over 1500 students each year. Her work feeds into a university-level review of education aiming to improve structures, design, legibility and pedagogic approach. This will create a suite of MSc and life-long-learning provision based around UCL's key strengths of interdisciplinarity and research-led teaching that will give our graduates the skills and knowledge to move forward in their careers.

She is also a UCL Connected Curriculum fellow, working to embed research based teaching into postgraduate education.

She currently teaches on 'Materials and Mechanics' for first year biomedical engineers and runs two week-long scenarios within the Integrated Engineering Programme.

She was previously Associate Director for Teaching and Training in the UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering and a teaching fellow in the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering, launching the Department's growing Distance Learning MSc in Physics & Engineering in Medicine.

Academic Background
2017 SFHEA ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2005 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Radiation Physics University College London
2001 MSc Master of Science – Radiation Physics University College London
1999 MPhy Master of Physics – Physics University of Oxford
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