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Dr Daniil Nikitichev
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Foley Street 43-45, Floor 1
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  • Research Fellow
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Research Summary

I started my research as an Engineer in The Central Research Institute of Structural Materials "Prometey" (2005-2008) in Russia where I worked developing novel materials using laser thermo-strengthening.

My PhD was at Dundee University and concerned the development of novel diode lasers for biomedical applications with broad tunability in the 1.1– 1.5 μm wavelength range. The spectral versatility of the lasers was demonstrated through novel mode-locking regimes such as dual wavelength mode-locking, wavelength bistability and broad tenability. The outcomes of my research work were published in peer-reviewed high impact journals including Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Optics Express, and Applied Physics Letters. Furthermore, the results were disseminated at conferences such as CLEO, CLEO-Europe, and Laser Optics to ensure that academic and industrial beneficiaries were aware of my work.

After my PhD I worked in The Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies and at Swansea University characterizing fibres lasers and amplifiers, performing dispersion measurement of Yb-doped fibres with white-light interferometry.

For the last three years, I have been working at the University College London with a photoacoustic ultrasound system for ex-vivo and in-vivo imaging of the tissues and organs. Part of this project involved designing and making specialist holders and connectors and I chose to do this using 3D CAD software and 3D printing. I was fascinated by 3D printing technology and its possibilities, for example I used 3D printing to develop Agar-based ultrasound phantoms for vascular access training and flow studies. I also investigated the properties of acoustic lenses made by 3D printing along with a colleague. 

Recently I joined a GIFT-SURG project as a research associate building a system that performs human placental dual perfusion (i.e. joint fetal and maternal sides) experiments. It will provide a unique platform for vascular and haematological studies such as vessel cannulation skill analysis and evaluation of novel methods for measuring blood oxygenation and flow.


Teaching Summary

I am an experienced tutor. I give lectures on Digital Electronics (6 lectures) as part of the MPHYGB20 Medical Electronics and Control course to master students. I am an expert in 3D design and provide support to the students during the technical drawing classes. In addition, I am an academic tutor for 1st and 2nd year students.

In the past, I worked as a Laboratory and Tutorial demonstrator for more than three years. I instructed all-year students in the introductory and intermediate level optics, electricity, thermodynamics and communication courses. I assisted students in solving problems, clarifying concepts, thus dramatically increasing their grades and performance in the subjects tutored.

Moreover, I was trained and worked with disable students assisting them to organize study time, providing scribing, typing and reading help when it was needed.

I have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to present my experimental results at group meetings and during international conferences for the large audiences such as CLEO-Europe and CLEO-US. In 2011 I was nominated to represent the University of Dundee at the Scottish University Physics Alliance (SUPA) Annual General meeting and speak about my research achievements.

I have been actively engaged in numerous public outreach events in the programme “Sharing Science” organized by the University of Dundee. I undertook public communication training at the University. I have been touring Scotland with optics demonstrations. With my enthusiasm I captured the interest not only of the public but also of the journalists that were around and got press coverage in the local newspaper.

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Ambassador I participated in Science Festivals preparing and demonstrating the experiments of exciting phenomena related with optics and lasers to members of the public across the country and developed my own show “Magic Light” for young people. I was also invited be one of the judges at K’Nex final in the Perth/Dundee area.

Due to my friendly nature I interact well with people and as the result I have been awarded the D'Arcy Thompson Prize for excellence in Public Engagement.

01-FEB-2018 Senior Research Associate Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
02-DEC-2012 – 01-FEB-2018 Research Associate Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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