Dr Penny L Hubbard Cristinacce

Research Fellow

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I am a Research Fellow with expertise in quantitative MRI and a member of the Quantitative Biomedical Imaging laboratory at the University of Manchester. I work in the NCITA QA/QC Unit, part a network of medical imaging experts and scientists building a unified infrastructure for discovery, validation and adoption of cancer imaging biomarkers into clinical trials and the NHS.


I completed my PhD entitled 'Electron and molecular dynamics using muon spin research' in 2003 under the guidance of Upali Jayasooriya at the University of East Anglia. As chemists working in the field of spin physics, we probed the chemical interactions of the the muon with a range of condensed matter - from DNA to metallocenes. We carried out experiments at ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories near Oxford and at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. 

On completing my PhD I moved to Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand to work with Paul Callaghan. I worked with 2D Laplace Inversion methods for correlating diffusion and relaxation NMR signals.

I moved back to the UK in 2005 and joined Gareth Morris and Risto Kaupinnen in the School of Chemistry at the Univeristy of Manchester, developing NMR magnetization transfer methods for application in pH imaging. 

In 2008 I joined the group of Geoff Parker in the Centre for Imaging Sciences. During that time I have worked closely with the University of Manchester-AstraZeneca Strategic Alliance in Biomedical Imaging, the Quantitative Imaging Laboratory (QBI) and the Unit of Neuroimaging and Tractography (UNIT).

In 2013 I began working with Daniela Montaldi in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology on a Wellcome Trust funded programme grant focused on imaging the medial temporal lobe for memory-related research.

From 2017 I worked with Jo Naish on a range of MRI-related research in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences and with the Division of Developmental Biology & Medicine at St Mary's hospital.


I have a 4-year Master of Chemistry degree and PhD from the University of East Anglia

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics - magnetic resonance imaging, Materials Science, Imaging

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • MRI, biomarkers, Biomimetics , Biomaterials

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