Andrew Dennison

+44 (0)1382 383376
Research Physicist/Engineer and Application Specialist


I graduated from the University of Dundee in Mechanical Engineering (BEng hons in 2007) and Design for Medical Technologies (MSc in 2008). I then gained industrial experience as a Process Automation Engineer working for Johnson & Johnson Ltd through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP in 2009) before moving on to teaching Computer Aided Design & Engineering (CAD & CAE) at Edinburgh Napier University (in 2010). Following this experience, I returned to academic training graduating from the University of Glasgow in Cell & Proteomic Technologies (MRes in 2011) and embarking on an interdisciplinary PhD with the University of Edinburgh exploring; Digital Microfluidics, Surface Acoustic Waves, Micro and Nanofabrication and Protein Mass Spectrometry at the school of chemistry.

Currently I work as an early career researcher for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) group at the Institute for Medical Science and Technologies (IMSaT). This is as part of a small, diverse and interdisciplinary team, with current research projects focusing on validation of image guided therapies (IGT) such as MRI and Ultrasound guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS, USgFUS respectively). This research includes pre-clinical validation of new and novel treatment techniques, components and systems (, including the use of medical robotic approaches ( This research activity also relies heavily on the development and fabrication of validation models, from tissue mimicking material (TMM) phantoms suitable for specific and cross validation of IGT workflows, to ex-vivo explanted fresh and Thiel embalmed tissue and organ models. Other duties include operating as a post-doctorate representative for the institute (IMSaT) research staff at monthly meetings and working as a volunteer scan co-ordinator for healthy volunteer clinical research studies.


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Lectures and conferences

“Preclinical Validation Motion Models for Magnetic Resonance Image Guided Focused Ultrasound’ SINAPSE in Glasgow - 16th June 2017

“Focused Ultrasound, Phantoms and Robots: Developing pre-clinical validation models for Image Guided Therapy” Post Doc UoD Seminar Series – 11th May 2017

Trans-FUSMIO 3rd Annual Review Meeting in Brussels – 15th-16th March 2017

EPSRC Image Guided Therapies Network Meeting, Sheffield 10th March 2017

FUTURA Project Final Review - 12th-3th December 2016

Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT) – 5th-8th October 2016

Computer Robotic Assisted Surgery (CRAS) in Pisa – 10th-15th Sept 2016

Biomedical Engineering invited lecture at the University of Glasgow - 23rd Nov 2015

Science in the City Public Engagement Day, at Dundee Science Centre - 1st Nov 2015

“Reusable Tissue Mimicking Phantom with Anatomical Geometries for Multimodality Image Guided FUS Applications” 3rd EU Symposium on FUS Therapy - 16th Oct 2015

Digital Operating Room (DORS) Workshop - 24th-28th August 2015

Division of Imaging Technology Away Day - 19th June 2015

DTC Cell & Proteomics Technologies Symposium invited speaker - 16th Mar 2015


Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student Project Advisor 2016-2017:

· Jingwei Li

· Tianqi Yao


“Focused Ultrasound Research at IMSaT” Annual Roll Out Banner Poster (2015, 2016, 2017)

“Thermometry Methods for Therapy Monitoring for MRgFUS Applications”, Radiological Society of North America, Nov 2015

“Reusable Tissue Mimicking Phantom with Anatomical Geometries for Multimodality Image Guided FUS Applications”, 3rd EU Symposium on FUS Therapy London, 16th Oct 2015

“Robotic Assisted positioning for Liver Tumour Ablation by MRgFUS (MR Guided Focused Ultrasound)” 23rd Congress of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), June 2015