Theme Leader – Professor Ron Roy

Imaging with Sound & Light

Professor Ron Roy

Theme Leader - Imaging with Sound and Light

University of Oxford

Professor Ron Roy is Theme Leader in Imaging with Sound and Light at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Head of Department (research) in the Dept. of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford.

He formerly served as Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, as a Senior Physicist at the Applied Physics Lab and an Associate Research Professor of Bioengineering, both at the University of Washington, and on the research staff at the National Center for Physical Acoustics.

Professor Roy also served as the 65th George Eastman Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (2006-2007) and is the standing Vice President of the Acoustical Society of America.

Trained as a physicist and an engineer, Ron specialises in the application of physical acoustics principles to problems in biomedical acoustics, industrial ultrasonics, and acoustical oceanography — however, his true passion is the acoustics of bubbles and bubbly media.  Sonoluminescence (light from sound), acoustic cavitation dynamics, shock-driven cavity collapse physics, and bubble-mediated therapeutic ultrasonics are topics of past and current interest.

Most recently, he has joined colleagues in developing new techniques for imaging the optical properties of soft tissues through the nonlinear interaction of light and sound (acousto-optic imaging) and is currently exploring novel ways in which nanoparticles can be used in conjunction with laser illumination and high-intensity focused ultrasound to facilitate both optical imaging and focused ultrasound surgery.

In addition to academic and contract research, Ron has served in over 35 consultancies for corporations, companies, universities and US government agencies.