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 cutting edge approach focuses on a multitude of cardiac diseases (diabetes, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, valve disease, congenital heart disease) with many of our methods equally applied to other body systems and related conditions. 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, CT, PET, SPECT, optical imaging and ultrasound and our state of the art clinical imaging facility with three MRI scanners for clinical research offering unique translational research opportunities. PET-CT, SPECT, CT and ultrasound are available at the affiliated Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We are supported by research grants from the British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Diabetes UK, EPSRC and other funders.

Who we are


Department Head
Professor Sven Plein

Professor David Buckley – Professor of Medical Physics

Professor Eylem Levelt – Professor of Cardiology

Professor Sven Plein – BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging

Professor Jurgen Schneider – Professor of Biomedical Imaging

Dr Erica Dall’Armellina – Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Clinical Professor in Cardiovascular Imaging

Dr Malenka Bissell – Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist and Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Cardiology

Dr Peter Swoboda – Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Associate Professor in Cardiovascular imaging

Dr Irvin Teh – Senior Research Fellow in Magnetic Resonance Imaging