Dr Helen Mulvana
- Lecturer (Systems Power and Energy)
My research focuses on the use of ultrasound and contrast ultrasound for the treatment and early diagnosis of disease.
As a mechanical engineer I collaborate with clinicians and researchers in chemistry, life sciences and cell biology.
Current projects include
Development of magnetomotive ultrasound elastography imaging for earlier diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Development of physiologically relevant flow phantoms to study ultasound mediated targeted drug delivery
Investigation of ultrasound mediated gene delivery as a means to treat pre-eclampsia during pregnancy
Development of novel ultrasound devices for combined cutting and therapy
Mulvana, H., Stride, E., Hajnal, J.V. and Eckersley, R.J. (2010) Temperature dependent behavior of ultrasound contrast agents. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 36(6), pp. 925-934. (doi:10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2010.03.003)
- ‘Development of non-ionising and non-invasive, personalised colorectal cancer staging using novel multimodal contrast agents and magnetomotive ultrasound imaging’ - Multidisciplinary Project Award, Cancer Research UK, PI (£460k), August 2017 – July 2021.
- ‘Physiologically and anatomically accurate flow phantom for controlled investigation of ultrasound and microbubble mediated targeted drug delivery’ - Collaborative Research Grant, Carnegie Trust, PI (£45.5k), February 2017 – January 2019.
- ‘Contrast enhanced ultrasound (ceus) to advance individual staging and treatment planning in rectal cancer’ - Small Grant, Bowel and Cancer Research, co-PI (£49k), August 2017 – July 2019.
- ‘Microscope based flow phantom for controlled investigation of ultrasound and microbubble targeted drug delivery’ - Research Grant, Royal Society, PI (£15k), March 2016 – March 2018.
- ‘Custom Bubbles’ - Scottish Crucible Award, Royal Society of Edinburgh, PI (£2.6k)
If you are interested in PhD research on topics related to my work please contact me.
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 1
Biophysics of Cells and Systems 4
Advanced Imaging and Therapy 5
Coordinator for the Introduction to Biomedical Engineering research seminar series
Associate Editor for IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (https://ieee-uffc.org/publications/transactions-on-uffc/)
Member of the Technical Program Committee for Medical Ultrasound for the IEEE International Ultrasound Symposia
Co-founder and Chair of Scottish Ultrasound (http://www.scottishultrasound.org.uk/)
Co-chair of the School of Engineering Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, awarded Bronze in Octobner 2016 (http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/athenaswan/)
Member of the Institute of Physics Physical Acoustics Committee (http://www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/pa/index.html)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
Scottish Crucible participant (2013)
Reviewer for several international journals