Vassilis Sboros


+44 (0)131 451 8015
JN 2.14
Roles and responsibilities

Lecturer in Waves and Matter (Physics) 1st year

Lecturer in Acoustics (Mechanical Engineering) 4th and 5th year


My research group first recorded the sounds from single microbubbles. After 20 years of research in the field we have contributed in understanding how a microbubble behaviour in the presence of an acoustic field. This research has matured to deliver signal and image processing solutions for use in animal and clinical imaging. Our current multidisciplinary research focusses in cutting edge super-resolution methods that aim to recover blood dynamics in microscopic detail using ultrasound imaging methods.

  • Medical Ultrasonics and Acoustics. Collaborator Professor Michalakis Averkiou (University of Washington)
  • Medical Image processing. Collaborator Dr Weiping Lu
  • Clinical Ultrasound Imaging. Collaborators Professor Edie Leen (Radiology, Imperial College London), Professor Alan McNeil (Urology, NHS Lothian), Professor Hessel Wijkstra (AMC Amsterdam), Professor Massimo Mischi (University of Einthoven).
  • Theoretical fluid mechanics for microvascular ultrasound imaging. Collaborators Professor Nikos Pelekasis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece).
  • Signal processing. Collaborators Professor Bernie Mulgrew, Mr Tom Anderson and Dr Hopgood (University of Edinburgh), Professor Jørgen Jensen (Technical University of Denmark), Drs Robert Eckersley (Kings College London) and Mengxing Tang (Imperial College London).
  • Animal vascular models. Collaborator Prof Colin Duncan (MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian)
  • 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 Colorado). 
Selected publications

Diamantis K, Dermitzakis A, Hopgood JR, Sboros V. Super-resolved Ultrasound Echo Spectra with Simultaneous Localization using Parametric Statistical Estimation. IEEE Access 2018; 6: 14188-14203. Link

Diamantis, K., Anderson, T., Butler, M. B., Villagomez-Hoyos C. A., Jensen, J. A. & Sboros, V. Resolving Ultrasound Contrast Microbubbles using Minimum Variance Beamforming. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 2018 DOI 10.1109/TMI.2018.2859262.  Link

 Diamantis K, Greenaway AH, Anderson T, Jensen JA, Dalgarno PA, Sboros V. Super-resolution Axial Localization of Ultrasound Scatter Using Multi-focal Imaging. IEEE trans Biomedical Engineering. 2018; 8: 1840-1851. Link

Thomas DH, Butler M, Pelekasis N, McDicken WN, Anderson T, Stride E, Sboros V. The acoustic signature of decaying resonant phospholipid microbubbles. Phys Med Biol 2013; 58: 589–599. Link

Thomas DH, Looney P, Butler M, Anderson T, Emmer M, Vos H, de Jong N, Borden M, Stride E, Pelekasis N, Sboros V. The “quasi-stable” lipid shelled microbubble in response to consecutive ultrasound pulses. Applied Physics Letters 2012; 101: 071601. Link

Butler MB, Thomas DH, Silva N, Pye SD, Sboros V. On the acoustic response of microbubbles in arteriole sized vessels. Applied Physics Letters 2011; 99: 19370. Link

Thomas DH, Looney P, Steel R, Pelekasis N, McDicken WN, Anderson T, Sboros V. Acoustic detection of microbubble resonance. Applied Physics Letters 2009; 94: 243902.  Link

Sboros V, Moran CM, Pye SD, McDicken WN. “The behaviour of individual contrast agent microbubbles.” Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 29, 687-694, 2003. Link


Starting from a degree in Physics at the University of Athens (1992) and then onto its applications in Medicine, my education was completed with a PhD in Medical Ultrasound. I have followed that field in the jobs that followed and have developed expertise that span across a range of fields. A common thread in my career has been the desire to improve and achieve the imaging of microvascularity. As a British Heart Foundation Fellow (2007-2011) I put together a research group with the aim to provide an efficient interface with life sciences to translate physics, signal and image processing research into clinical application. Today our focus is to provide cutting edge ultrasound imaging research that draws from other sensing fields like astronomy, radar and sonar