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Prof Gary Royle
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  • Professor of Cancer Engineering
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Head of Cancer Engineering, UCL

co-Chair of UCL Cancer Research Domain, responsibility for physical sciences and engineering

Radiotherapy research lead, UCL

Cancer Research UK RadNet City of London computational and technical lead

co-lead UCL-China Cancer research and education programme

Visiting professor, Tsinghua University, China (2011 - 2017)

UCLH radiotherapy strategy board

Clinical scientist (honorary), UCLH 

Director of PhD studies (2008 - 2018)

Director of Masters studies (1997 - 2008)

>300 papers, 3 patents, 3 book chapters and >150 invited talks

Research Summary

The scientific driver for my research is to improve clinical outcomes for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Clinical outcomes metrics cover both survival at fixed time points post treatment and quality of life factors specific to the tumour site. We apply our methods to a range of cancer types, with current research programmes for paediatric, GI, lung, brain and head and neck cancers.

The research encompasses a variety of approaches, including artificial intelligence, predictive computational models, radiation technology, medical imaging, fundamental cancer biology and physics, methodologies, combination studies (radiosensitizers, drug combinations), clinical trials and evaluation of big data cohorts.

Teaching Summary

I have supervised 35 PhD students to successful completion, and am currently supervising a further 10 PhD students; 5 as primary supervisor.

I have mentored many scientists at early career stage, helping them to achieve university and industry positions.

I was director of doctoral studies in Medical Physics for 10 years and previously was director of Masters studies. I introduced e-learning Masters courses to UCL Engineering and am currently delivering a comprehensive range of cancer courses in China, in cooperation with major universities and hospitals.

I have supervised numerous Masters and undergraduate research projects, and have taught classes at undergraduate and masters level in a range of oncology, physics, maths and engineering subjects.

I have served as tutor and mentor to many groups of students at all levels, assisting with their academic development and career progression. 

I have developed and managed clinical training for cancer therapy in developing countries, for example, I initiated a Masters programme in biomedical engineering for Sudan, where we have trained hundreds of people. 

01-OCT-2011 Professor Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 30-SEP-2011 Associate professor Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1997 – 30-SEP-2004 Assistant professor Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1992   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1987   Bachelor of Science (Honours) Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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