Dr Helen Elizabeth Mulvana

Chancellor'S Fellowships

Biomedical Engineering

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.


Has expertise in:

    Journal Editorial Responsibilities

    Associate Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions in Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (2020 - 2022)

    Associate Editor, IEEE T Transactions in Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (2017 -)

    Conference Scientific & Organising Committee Roles

    Technical Program Committee Chair Medical Ultrasonics, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2023 – 2025)

    Technical Program Committee co-Chair Medical Ultrasonics, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2021 – 2023)

    Publicity Chair, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2022

    Track co-Lead, Therapeutic Microbubbles, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2021

    Publicity Chair, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2020

    IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium Technical Program Committee (2014 -)

    Publicity co-Chair & Legacy/Outreach co-Chair, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2019

    Session Chair, International Ultrasonics Symposium 2019, 2015

    Society and Committee Roles

    Web Editor-in-Chief IEEE Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society (2020 -)

    Publicity Chair IEEE Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society (2020 - 2022)

    UFFC representative to IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging (2019 - 2021)

    Institute of Physics Physical Acoustics Group, (2015 -), Treasurer (2018 - 2021)

    Scottish Ultrasound Group, Founder and Chair (2013 -)

Prizes and awards

Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding high quality service as Associate Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
VisNET Collaboration Event Social Dinner

More prizes and awards


Traditional multiwell plates and petri dishes limit the evaluation of the effects of ultrasound on cells in vitro
Gupta Dhanak, Savva Jill, Li Xuan, Chandler James H, Shelton Richard M, Scheven Ben A, Mulvana Helen, Valdastri Pietro, Lucas Margaret, Walmsley A Damien
Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology Vol 48, pp. 1745-1761 (2022)
Modelling of magnetic microbubbles to evaluate contrast enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound in lymph nodes – a pre-clinical study
Sjöstrand Sandra, Bacou Marion, Kaczmarek Katarzyna, Evertsson Maria, Svensson Ingrid K, Thomson Adrian JW, Farrington Susan M, Moug Susan J, Jansson Tomas, Moran Carmel, Mulvana Helen
British Journal of Radiology Vol 95 (2022)
3D printing of noncytotoxic high-resolution microchannels in Bisphenol-a ethoxylate dimethacrylate tissue-mimicking materials
Domingo-Roca Roger, Gilmour Lauren, Dobre Oana, Sarrigiannidis Stylianos, Sandison Mairi E, O'Leary Richard, Mulvana Helen E
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (2022)
3D-printed high-resolution microchannels for contrast enhanced ultrasound research
Domingo-Roca Roger, Gilmour Lauren, Asciak Lisa, Sarrigiannidis Stylianos, Dobre Oana, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel, Sandison Mairi, O'Leary Richard, Jackson-Camargo Joseph, Mulvana Helen
2021 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) 2021 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2021 2021 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), pp. 1-4 (2022)
Non-destructive analysis of the mechanical properties of 3D-printed materials
Domingo-Roca R, Asciak L, Windmill J F C, Mulvana H, Jackson-Camargo J C
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation Vol 41 (2022)
Development of preclinical ultrasound imaging techniques to identify and image sentinel lymph nodes in a cancerous animal model
Bacou Marion, Rajasekaran Vidya, Thomson Adrian, Sjöstrand Sandra, Kaczmarek Katarzyna, Ochocka-Fox Anna Maria, Gerrard Adam D, Moug Susan, Jansson Tomas, Mulvana Helen, Moran Carmel M, Farrington Susan M
Cancers Vol 14 (2022)

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Professional activities

Contrast enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound for colorectal cancer detection: pre-clinical development
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
Pre-clinical development of contrast enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound imaging to aid in colorectal cancer detection and staging
Physiologically-relevant 3D-printed microchannels to study microbubble ultrasound backscatter
Establishing The University of Strathclyde Early Diagnostics Consortium
Panel Discussion: Strategies to Create Supportive Academic and Workplace Experiences and Environments for Women Engineers

More professional activities


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics & Orthotics | Hicks, Ben
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Buis, Arjan (Co-investigator) Hicks, Ben (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Alfuwaires, Ahmed
Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Principal Investigator) Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Co-investigator) Alfuwaires, Ahmed (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gilmour, Lauren
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) Gilmour, Lauren (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Transformative Anatomically accurate Microvascular flow Phantoms for Ultrasound therapy research (TAMP-US)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
VisNET Collaboration Event Social Dinner
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Aranceta-Garza, Alejandra (Co-investigator) Zimbitas, Georgina (Co-investigator) Fabbri, Federica (Co-investigator) Keating, Ciara (Co-investigator) Echavarri Bravo, Virginia (Co-investigator)
International collaboration Dinner event funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry for a total value of £2,903.30
24-Jan-2019 - 25-Jan-2019
Development of non-ionising and non-invasive, personalised colorectal cancer staging using novel multimodal contrast agents and magnetomotive ultrasound imaging (transfer of A23333)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023

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