People at the Centre

The Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre relies for its success on the wide range of expertise present in the associated researchers. There are 33 Principle and Co-Investigators, the Centre directly employs over 30 researchers, students and support staff, and there are a great many collaborators working with us in all aspects of the Centre.

Centre Staff

Principle and Co-Investigators

Researchers and Support Staff

Dr Simon Ameer-Beg
Dr Margaret Ashcroft
Professor Paul Beard
Professor Richard Begent
Professor Phil Blower
Professor Chris Boshoff
Professor Kerry Chester
Professor Ton Coolen
Dr Michael Douek
Professor Peter Ell
Dr Paul Ellis
Dr Adam Gibson
Dr Alan Green
Dr Helen Hailes
Professor Steve Halligan
Professor Dave Hawkes
Professor Brian Hutton
Dr David Landau
Dr Mark Lythgoe
Professor Paul Marsden
Dr Tim Meyer
Dr Greg Mullen
Professor Tony Ng
Dr Mike O’Doherty
Professor Quentin Pankhurst
Professor Barbara Pedley
Professor Sarah Pinder
Professor Arnie Purushotham
Professor Michele Saunders
Professor Tobias Schaeffter
Dr Susan Short
Dr James Spicer
Dr Alethea Tabor
Professor Tarek Yousry
Dr Maggie Cooper
Dr Louise Enfield
Dr Kjell Erlandsson
Dr Gilbert Fruhwirth
Dr Christina Gewinner
Mr Richard Hocking
Dr Yan Jiao
Dr Jan Laufer
Dr Katherine Lawler
Ms Cristina Naceur Lombardelli
Dr Jamie McClelland
Dr Nick Mitchell
Dr Simon Poland
Dr Vin Rajkumar
Dr Arunabha Roy
Dr Debashis Sarker
Dr Karen Shaw
Dr Simon Walker-Samuel
Dr Amanda Weeks
Ms Natalie Woodman



Dr Simon Ameer-Beg

Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics

King’s College London


Short Biography

BSc. (Hons) Laser and Laser Physics, University Of Essex,1993.

MSc. Physics of Laser Communications, University Of Essex, 1994.

PhD (Physics/Chemistry), University of Central Lancashire, 1999.

Post Doctoral Researcher: Gray Cancer Institute, 2000-2006.

Non-Clinical Lecturer: King’s College London, 2006 onwards.


Selected References

Calleja V., Ameer-Beg S.M., Vojnovic B., Woscholski R., Downward J., Larijani B. (2003). Monitoring conformational changes of PKB/AKT by fluorescence lifetime imaging in intact cells. Biochem. J. 372, pp33.

Kysela B., Doherty A.J., Chovanec M., Ameer-Beg S.M., Vojnovic B., Girard P.-M. and Jeggo P.A. (2003). Ku stimulation of DNA ligaseIV-dependent ligation requires inward movement along the DNA molecule. J. Biol. Chem., 278, pp22466.

Barber P.R., Vojnovic B., Ameer-Beg S.M., Hodgkiss R.J., Tozer G.M. and Wilson J. (2003). Semi- Automated Software for the 3D Delineation of Complex Vascular Networks. J. Microscopy, 211, p54.

Ameer-Beg S.M., Ormson S., Poteau, X, Brown R.G., Foggi P., Bussotti L. and Neuwahl F.V.R. (2004). Ultrafast measurements of charge and excited state intramolecular proton transfer in solutions of 4’-N,N-dimethyl-amino-derivatives of 3-hydroxyflavone. J. Phys. Chem. A 108(34), pp6938-6943.

Jumah N.A., Ameer-Beg S.M., White N., Prasad K.V.R., Bellhouse B.J. (2004). Identification of second harmonic optical effects from vaccine coated gold micro-particles. Phys. Med. Biol. 49(16) pp3603

Tozer G. M., Ameer-Beg S. M., Baker J., Barber P. R., Hill S. A., Hodgkiss R. J., Locke R., Prise V. E., Wilson I. and Vojnovic B. (2005) Intravital Imaging of Tumour Vascular Networks using Multiphoton Fluorescence Microscopy, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 57(1), pp135

Errington, R.J., Ameer-beg, S.M., Vojnovic, B., Patterson, L.H., Zloh, M. and Smith P.J. (2005). Advanced microscopy solutions for monitoring the kinetics and dynamics of drug-DNA targeting in living cells. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 57(1), pp153

Peter M. *, Ameer-Beg S. M.*, Hughes M.K.Y., Keppler M.D., Prag S., Marsh M., Vojnovic B., Ng T. (2005). Multiphoton-FLIM quantification of the EGFP- mRFP1 FRET pair for localization of membrane receptor-kinase interactions. Biophys. J. 88(2), pp1224.

Parsons M.*, Monypenny J.*, Ameer-Beg S.M.*, Millard T.H., Machesky L.M, Peter M., Keppler M.D., Schiavo G., Watson R., Chernoff J., Zicha D., Vojnovic B., Ng T.C. (2005). Spatially distinct activation of PAK1 and N-WASP by Cdc42 in breast carcinoma cells. Mol. Cell. Bio. 25, pp1680.

  1. R. Matthews, H. D. Summers, K. Njoh, R. J. Errington, P. J. Smith, P. Barber, S. Ameer-Beg, and B. Vojnovic (2006). Technique for measurement of fluorescence lifetime by use of stroboscopic excitation and continuous-wave detection, Applied Optics 45, pp2115

Ganesan S., Ameer-beg, S. M., Ng, T. T. C., Vojnovic B., Wouters F. S. (2006) A dark YFP-based Resonance Energy Accepting Chromoprotein (REACh) for FRET with GFP. PNAS 103(11), pp4089.

Njoh, K., Patterson, L.H.., Zloh, M., Wiltshire, M., Fisher, J., Ameer-Beg, S.M., Bai, Y., Matthews, D.R., Errington, R.J., and Smith P.J., (2006). Spectral analysis of the DNA targeting bisalkylaminoanthraquinone DRAQ5 in intact living cells, Cytometry A, 69A, pp-805.

McConnell, G., Girkin, J.M., Ameer-Beg, S.M., Barber, P.R., Vojnovic, B., Ng, T., Banerjee, A., Watson, T.F., Cook, R.J. (2007) Time-correlated single-photon counting fluorescence lifetime confocal imaging of decayed and sound dental structures with a white-light supercontinuum source, J. Microscopy, 225(2), p126.

Prag, S., Parsons, M., Keppler, M.D., Ameer-beg, S.M., Hunt, J., Barber, P., Beavil, A.J., Calvert, R., Arpin, M., Vojnovic, B. and Ng, T.(2007) Ezrin promotes cell migration through recruitment of the GEF Dbl to lipid rafts and downstream activation of Cdc42. Mol Biol Cell, 18, pp2935.

Reyes-Aldasoro, C.C., Wilson, I., Prise, V. E., Barber, P. R., Ameer-Beg, S. M., Vojnovic, B., Cunningham, V. J., and Tozer, G. M. (2007) Estimation of Apparent Tumor Vascular Permeability from Multiphoton




Dr Margaret Ashcroft

Department of Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics

Division of Medicine




Short Biography

Reader in Cancer Biology


Selected References




Professor Paul Beard

Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering