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Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Lecturer in Mechanics and wave (B27MW) to 1st year Engineers and Scientists

Lecturer in Acoustics to 4th (B50EP) and 5th (B51EP) year Mechanical Engineers


  • Theoretical fluid mechanics to optimise microvascular ultrasound imaging. Collaborators Dr Eleanor Stride (Oxford), Professor Nikos Pelekasis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece).
  • Experimental acoustics. Collaborator Professor Nico de Jong (Erasmus University-Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
  • Signal processing. Collaborators Professor Bernie Mulgrew, Mr Tom Anderson and Dr Hopgood (University of Edinburgh), Professor Jørgen Jensen (Technical University of Denmark), Professor Steve McLaughlin and Professor Alan Greenaway (Heriot-Watt University).
  • Image processing. Collaborators Drs Robert Eckersley and Mengxing Tang (Imperial College London), Dr Tom MacGillivray (University of Edinburgh).
  • In vivo microvascular imaging. Collaborators Professor Averkiou (University of Cyprus), Professor Alexander Klibanov (University of Virginia), Professor Alan McNeilly (MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Colin Duncan (NHS, University of Edinburgh)
  • High frequency ultrasound imaging. Collaborator Dr Moran (University of Edinburgh).
  • Nanomechanical sensing of cells and microbubbles with the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). Collaborator Dr Vasileios Koutsos (University of Edinburgh).
  • Microbubble manufacturing: Collaborators Prof Mark Borden (University of ), Drs Helen Bridle and Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas (IB3, Heriot-Watt University)

Starting from a degree in Physics and then onto its applications in Medicine, Vassilis' education was completed with a PhD in Medical Ultrasound. In the early postdoctoral career he developed expertise that span across a range of fields including fluid dynamics, signal and image processing, nanotechnology and preclinical research. A common denominator in his research was the understanding and improvement of microvascular flow measurements, primarily using ultrasound contrast imaging. Following the award of a British Heart Foundation Fellowship in 2007 he has created an interdisciplinary research group with the aim to provide an efficient interface with life sciences to translate his research into clinical and research applications.