PhD Students


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Malet Place Engineering Building
University College London
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Bayesian models and deep learning for image processing.

Coupled statistical models and fitting methods for analysis of multi-modal imaging data.

Making imaging protocols more intelligent with optimal design theory.

Developing ASL (arterial spin labelling) biomarkers for neurodegenerative disease – in particular, dementia.

Studying how ASL models can be better linked to underlying tissue/pathology.




  • Pratt, R.; Melbourne, A.; Owen, D.; Sokolska, M.; Bainbridge, A.; Atkinson, D.; Deprest, J.; Kendall, G.; Vercauteren, T.; Ourselin S.; David, A. Spatial vascular heterogeneity in the normal placenta assessed with multicompartment placental MRI. ISMRM 2018.
  • Melbourne, A.; Pratt, R.; Owen, D.; Sokolska, M.; Bainbridge, A.; Atkinson, D.; Deprest, J.; Kendall, G.; Vercauteren, T.; David, A.; Ourselin S. Placental insufficiency investigated with multi-compartment placental MRI. ISMRM 2018.
  • Smith, L.; Melbourne, A.; Owen, D.; Cardoso, M. J.; Sudre, C.; Tillin, T.; Sokolska, M.; Atkinson, D.; Chaturvedi, N.; Ourselin, S.; Hughes, A.; Barkhof, F.; Jager, R. Cortical cerebral blood flow in aging: effects of haematocrit, sex and ethnicity. ISMRM 2018.









MICCAI 2016 Student Travel Award

ISMRM 2016 Trainee Stipend


Selected Results

Example improvements in cerebral blood flow and arterial transit time estimation using an optimised acquisition.

Example changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and arterial transit time (Δt) posterior standard deviation,

comparing an optimised acquisition to a standard acquisition in a single gray matter slice.



My first degree was in engineering (1st class MEng, University of Oxford, 2010-2014), specialising in mathematical modelling and software for biomedical applications. The bulk of my professional experience has been in software, although in 2013 I was fortunate enough to receive funding for a three-month experimental research project examining motor degradation. In my masters year, I went on to research speed and accuracy improvements for variational Bayesian parameter estimation and model fitting. I'm excited to be part of TIG, using theory and software to directly improve patient outcomes.


Hobbies include reading, tennis and electronics. Grab me if you want to talk books, play tennis or build some breadboards!