Areas of Expertise: Dielectrics, Resonant Cavities, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Bioelectromagnetics, Radio waves and Microwaves applied to Medicine, Shielding & Screening
My first degree was in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge), specialising in Physics. After working at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, I obtained an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of Aberdeen, and then did my PhD at the University of Bristol, while employed by the National Health Service at Bristol Oncology Centre to work on hyperthermia treatment and dielectric imaging.
I joined the Department of Electronics (now part of the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology) in 1993 as a Research Fellow and have stayed here ever since, apart from a short spell in the Medical Cryobiology Unit. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Communication Technologies Group, doing research in Applied Electromagnetics and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For details of my current teaching and research, please click on the tabs to the right.
My administrative roles have included Chair of the Graduate Schools Board for Electronics and Chair of the Physical Sciences Ethics Committee (PSEC). More recently I have served on Standing Panels for Academic Misconduct and been the Coordinator for MEng final-year projects.
Publications information is available via the York Research Database .
At undergraduate level I have taught Fundamentals of Electronic Measurements (Foundation Year), Maths for Music Technology (First Year), Links, Networks & Protocols (First Year), Design, Construction & Test (Second Year), Distributed Circuits (Third Year), Propagation (Third Year), EM Waves (Third Year), Applications of EM (Third Year) and Electronics for Medicine (Fourth Year). I also supervise a number of final-year projects each year – some on topics related to my research, some from personal interests and others suggested by students.
At postgraduate level I teach a module on Matlab and supervise groups in our MSc in Engineering Management. I also supervise students on PhD and MSc-by-research programmes
I used to deliver training courses on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic fields and related subjects for Eurofins York (formerly York EMC Services) - topics included EMC Design, Conducted Interference, Transmission Lines and Shielded Enclosures.
My main interest is applying microwave and radio frequency techniques to a wide range of problems including medical diagnosis and therapy, environmental sensing of pollutants and object identification in archaeology. I also work with colleagues in the Communication Technologies Group on research into electromagnetic compatibility and shielding. Some current/past research areas include:
As a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), I have served on various Special Interest Groups: Clinical Engineering, Ultrasound & Non-Ionising Radiation and Physiological Measurement (CESIG, UNIRSIG and PMSIG). I chaired the working party that produced IPEM Report 98, “Guidance on the Measurement and Use of EMC and EMF.”
I am also a member of the Institute of Physics (IoP), and served on the committee of the Medical Physics Group (MPG) of the IoP. I am a member of the Society for Low-Temperature Biology (SLTB). I was UK Representative for Commission K, and later Secretary, of the UK Panel for the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).