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Biomedical Microengineering Group

Applying micro and nanoengineering principles to understand and manipulate biology, creating new technologies for biomedical applications.


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2003-2009: PhD (part time) in Medical Physics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
1996-2000: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Steven Hammer is a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. He began his research career in 2002 with a post at Medical Physics in the University of Edinburgh. During this period, he developed 3D ultrasound based tools for image-guided modelling to improve the diagnosis and modelling of atherosclerosis. He worked on the design of ultrasound scanning systems and imaging phantoms, developed arterial segmentation tools, and worked on arterial blood flow modelling. In a later post, he worked in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), developing an MR elastography actuator for the Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC) at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He has also worked for a laboratory automation company, where he aided in the development of mechanics and optics for measurements in microfluidic devices, and a prosthetics company, developing control strategies for advanced upper-limb prosthetics and imaging tools for the accurate colour reproduction of silicon prosthetic hand covers. He is currently working on the eFinger project with Paul Scanlan, Will Shu and Bob Reuben from Heriot-Watt University, along with clinical collaborators from the Department of Urology at the University of Edinburgh. This aims to improve the diagnosis of prostate cancer using a dynamically actuated tissue stiffness measurement system.

Affiliations: Member of the Bioengineering Society, Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE).

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Selected Publications

Hammer SJ, Jeays A, Lee WT, Barber D, Hose R, Easson WJ and Hoskins PR. (2007). P6B-14 A 3D Ultrasound System for Image Guided Modeling of Patient-Specific Artery Geometries. Ultrasonics Symposium, 2007. IEEE, pp.2469-2472. Available at: Link.