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Prof Adrien Desjardins
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Malet Place Engineering Building
Tel: 0 20 7679 0300
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  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
I received my PhD in 2007 from two institutions: the Harvard Biophysics Programme and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Programme. As an HST student, I received one year of medical school training from the Harvard Medical School that included two 1.5-month internships at a local teaching hospital. My PhD dissertation research was centred on a novel optical imaging modality called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), under the supervision of Brett Bouma (MIT) and Guillermo Tearney (Harvard Medical School). Prior to joining UCL, I was a Senior Scientist at Philips Research, where I managed technical developments in an internal venture. Our venture developed optical needle probes for improving the accuracy of epidural needle insertions. Starting with a laboratory prototype, I oversaw three generations of developments that culminated in a CE marked version that was tested in humans at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and at Karolinska (Sweden).
Research Summary
My research is centred on the development of medical devices and imaging systems. I joined the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL as a Lecturer in March 2011. I immediately founded the Interventional Devices Group (IDG) within the Department, to initiate a wide ranging translational research programme that spans physics, engineering, and medicine. My vision is to transform minimally invasive procedures with novel medical devices that actively sense and respond to their environment, and novel imaging systems that can interact directly with the medical devices. The IDG collaborates closely with physicians in the UK and abroad to achieve its goal of improving clinical outcomes for patients.

Teaching Summary
Effective teaching is a priority for me. I am the course organiser and lecturer for Medical Physics course MPHY2002: Introduction to Biophysics, and a Lecturer for Medical Physics course MPHY3886: Optics in Medicine. With a grant from the LTSS, I will be developing new e-learning tools for rapidly sharing and communicating ideas online.
01-MAR-2011 Lecturer Medical Physics and Bioengineering University College London, United Kingdom
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