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Dr Richard Colchester
Malet Place Engineering Building
University College London
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Richard was born in Ipswich, U.K., in 1990. He received the MSci degree in physics from Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 2012, and the MRes degree in photonic systems development from University College London, London, U.K., in 2013. He finished his Ph.D. in medical physics and biomedical engineering at University College London in 2016. On completion of his Ph.D. he was award an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at University College London to develop an all-optical ultrasound imaging system for cardiovascular procedures. Since, he has received a Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship to continue his work in this field and establish his research. His research interests include developing interventional medical imaging systems based on laser-generated ultrasound and photoacoustics.

Research Themes
Research Summary
My main field of research is developing novel imaging and sensing devices for minimally invasive surgical procedures, with a particular focus on 'All-Optical Ultrasound'. This modality uses light to both generate and receive ultrasound and possesses several advantages which make it ideally suited to miniaturisation. I am working on several avenues with this technology, including:
  • Miniaturised single optical fibre ultrasound imaging: I am designing novel methods for carrying out ultrasound imaging using a single optical fibre. These will allow unprecedented miniaturisation of devices, reaching new clinical needs.
  • Multi-modality all-optical ultrasound imaging, with sensing and therapy: I am developing novel wavelength-selective ultrasound materials along with key collaborators which are being applied to different clinical needs. These materials have enabled the fabrication of devices which can provide ultrasound imaging with concurrent complementary imaging and therapeutic modalities.
  • Applied all-optical ultrasound: I am applying all-optical ultrasound technology to different clinical scenarios. Developing novel devices that meet the specific needs of the medical application and bringing them to preclinical studies.
Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2013   Master of Research University College London
2012   Master of Natural Science University College London/Imperial College
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