Biomedical Imaging Science Department

What we do

We are a multi-disciplinary research group of medical physicists, computational scientists and clinical academics. Our overall aim is to improve the understanding of normal physiology, mechanisms of disease and treatment effects through the development and application of precise biomedical imaging markers. Our main disease focus is the effect diabetes mellitus has on the cardiovascular system; but many of our methods are equally applied to other conditions and body systems. We have set up a seamless translational pipeline from basic science and small animal studies to clinical translation for which the proximity to the hospital is a key enabler.

Our work is centred around a purpose built preclinical imaging centre housing MRI, hyperpolarised MRI, CT, PET, SPECT, optical imaging and ultrasound and our state of the art clinical imaging facility with three MRI scanners for clinical research. PET-CT, SPECT, CT and ultrasound are available at the affiliated Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We are supported by major grants from the Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation.

We work within a new purpose-built facility: ePIC. This is a state-of-the-art preclinical imaging centre. The mission of the centre is to bring about a step change in cardiovascular and biomedical research in Leeds and to offer unique translational research opportunities.

Clinical Imaging Facilities

Our clinical imaging facilities include a clinical MRI centre for cardiovascular imaging research, an Advanced Imaging Centre  that supports developmental MRI and access to NHS based imaging equipment including CT, echocardiography and PET/CT. For further details see here.

Who we are


Department Head
Professor Sven Plein

Professor David Buckley – Professor of Medical Physics

Professor Alejandro Frangi – Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine

Professor John Greenwood – Professor of Cardiology

Professor Sven Plein – BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging

Professor Jurgen Schneider – Professor of Biomedical Imaging

Dr Erica Dall’Armellina – Senior Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology, UAF & BHF Intermediate Fellow

Dr Steven Sourbron – Lecturer in Medical Imaging

Dr Irvin Teh – Senior Research Fellow in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Dr Charalampos Tsoumpas – Lecturer in Medical Imaging

Dr Malenka Bissel – NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Cardiology

Dr Eylem Levelt – NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology

Dr Peter Swoboda – NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology


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