Surgical Technologies

The Lab

Our lab is made up from research academics, PhD students and a vibrant mix of undergraduate and internship students on placement with us. Not to forget our alumni - doing great things in healthcare and beyond!

Academic Leads

  • Dr Pete Culmer
  • Dr Ali Alazmani
  • Prof. David Jayne

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr Hongbo Wang
  • Dr Mo Sanami
  • Dr Elena Mancuso

PhD Students

  • Joe Norton
  • Will Stokes
  • Dom Jones
  • Jun Kow
  • Dushyant Goordyal
  • Jack Brookes


  • Louise Hunter
  • Jen Barrie
  • Zahra Ehteshami
  • William Mayfield
  • James Chandler
  • Earle Jamieson
  • Evan Fakhoury

Student Projects

We link our Surgical Technologies research to teaching – giving undergraduate students challenging, exciting and relevant projects to tackle. A project in 2011 produced a haptic system for palpation of a virtual liver in MIS, with the aim of helping to identify tumours in healthy tissue. It went on to win awards (UK National Instruments Student Design Award) and media attention (e.g. BBC TV News, BBC Radio 4). This was followed in 2013 by a project which produced a prototype mobile robot for gastro-intestinal surgery – coming runner-up in the Global Student Design Award run by National Instruments.