Helen Elizabeth Mulvana


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My research focus is the development of advanced diagnostic tools for the earlier diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer. I work closely with clinicians to better understand clinical needs and with engineers and life scientists to develop solutions to these challenges.

Current funding supports research projects on the development of elasticity imaging using contrast-enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound for the early detection of colorectal cancer, a pilot clinical trial to establish effectiveness of contrast enhanced ultrasound to detect sentinel lymph nodes in rectal cancer, development of physiological flow phantoms to investigate factors capable of influencing ultrasound and microbubble mediated drug delivery, delivery of siRNA using ultrasound and microbubbles to treat hypertension in a mouse model and investigation of low frequency ultrasound to stimulate bone repair. I also have expertise in non-linear acoustics, contrast imaging, microbubbles, medical device design and fabrication, therapeutic ultrasound and elastography.

Currently available PhD studentships:

I am always keen to hear from prospective PhD students and post doctoral researchers with complimentary research interests, please get in touch to discuss.

Expertise & Capabilities

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Young Academy Scotland, Royal Society of Edinburgh (August 2018)
  • Institute of Physics MInstP (January 2015)
  • Higher Education Academy FHEA (December 2015)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers MIMechE (October 1997) CEng (January 2014)

Current Committee Memberships

  • IEEE UFFC Publicity Chair & Web Editor in Chief (from 2020)
  • Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE T-UFFC (from 2020)
  • Publicity Chair, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2020
  • Co-Chair Legacy and Outreach, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2019
  • IEEE UFFC representative to TMI, member of AdCom (from 2019)
  • Associate Editor of IEEE T-UFFC (from 2017)
  • Physical Acoustics Group, Institute of Physics Committee (from 2015), Treasurer (from 2018).
  • IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Technical Program Committee (from 2014)
  • Scottish Ultrasound Group, Founder and Chair (June 2013)

Personal Statement

Education/Academic qualification

University of Glasgow

Jan 2014Dec 2015

Award Date: 18 Dec 2015

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Sep 1997Jul 2001

Award Date: 10 Jul 2001

External positions

IEEE UFFC Publicity Chair, IEEE

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  • ultrasound, imaging, microbubbles, elastography, tissue mechanics
  • imaging
  • microbubbles
  • elastography
  • tissue biomechanics
  • drug delivery
  • therapy


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