Division of Imaging and Technology
University of Dundee
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Christine Demore graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada with a BScE (Hons) in Engineering Physics in 2000 and a PhD in Physics in 2006. During her PhD she designed ultrasound probes for improved medical imaging, and was supervised by Dr. Geoff Lockwood. Following a brief period working in the MicroScale Sensors group at the University of the West of Scotland, she joined the newly formed Institute for Medical Science and Technology at University of Dundee in 2007. She is part of the Biomedical Photonics and Ultrasound Group, and, working with Prof. Sandy Cochran, has helped to build up facilities for designing, fabricating and testing new ultrasound devices for biomedical applications, a lab unique in the UK. In 2013, Dr. Demore was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh / Caledonian Research Foundation Biomedical Personal Fellowship, and has started her own group focused on the development of miniaturised ultrasound probes for high resolution ultrasound biomedical imaging.
Her research concerns the development of ultrasonic devices tailored for emerging biomedical applications. Her work has included developing new ultrasound probes for a range of medical imaging applications, and creating devices for biosciences research using acoustic manipulation, or ultrasonic tweezing.
The primary focus of her research is the development of high resolution ultrasound imaging for clinical imaging. The ultrasound scanners commonly used in most clinical situations can provide images with resolution on the order of 1 mm. While this is useful for many clinical applications, there are many clinical and pre-clinical applications that can benefit from improved image resolution. In order to resolve the fine structure of tissues, or even resolve individual cells, image resolutions in the range of 10 – 100 μm is needed, and new ultrasound probes, or transducer arrays, operating at higher frequencies are required for these applications.
Dr. Demore has also developed, as part of the Sonotweezers research programme, transducer arrays for ultrasonic tweezing, with applications in biosciences research. She has created transducer arrays with independently controlled elements for dexterous manipulation and trapping of particles and cells using reconfigurable ultrasound fields. Using reconfigurable arrays to produce complex ultrasound fields, she has also demonstrated real-world versions of science fiction concepts such as “Sonic Screwdrivers” and “Tractor Beams”.