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Biography

Rory Duncan (University Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development) was founding Head of the Institute of Biological chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, applying advances in EPS to life science challenges. He is PI and Co-Director of the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium (ESRIC, www.esric.org) with support from MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC and the Wellcome Trust, developing and applying super-resolution imaging modalities. This programme of work was awarded the Times Higher ‘STEM Research Project of the Year 2018/18’. 

Rory’s work spans many Disciplines and he has publications in leading biology, chemistry, engineering and physics journals, and he holds multiple patents. Rory sits on as is ad hocChair of STFC Science Board, the principal scientific advisory committee providing strategic oversight on all research activities for that Research Council and is part of the Accelerator International Strategic Review Panel, shaping strategy for the next 25 years. He is a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross-Party Group for Life Sciences. 

Rory has won several awards for science communication and was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Medal for Public Engagement in 2018 for his ‘passion and enormously productive advocacy for public engagement in Scotland, the UK and internationally’. His current role is as Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development for Heriot-Watt University as well as of Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research. In the latter role, Rory holds external funds to develop public engagement strategy for the university with an emphasis on community engagement and embedding public engagement in university culture.

 

 

 

Research interests

Professor Rory R Duncan (PhD Edinburgh) is a cell biologist and biophysicist, using super-resolution imaging and imaging spectroscopies to address fundamental biological questions particularly in membrane trafficking. His work spans many disciplines and he has publications in leading biology, chemistry, engineering and physics journals as well as holding multiple patents. He is a member of many international funding committees and advisory boards and of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Presently he sits on the STFC Science Board, the principal scientific advisory committee for that research council that provides strategic oversight and guidance on all research activities. He is an award-winning advocate for public engagement with science and art. His research is also translational in nature and he is Director of Edinburgh Biosciences Ltd, a company established to commercialise biophotonic technologies for use in diagnostics and healthcare applications. Rory is married with 3 children.

Roles & Responsibilities

Chair of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Athena SWAN Self-assessment Team

External positions

Funding panel member, Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Funding Committee Chair, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

STFC Science Board member, Science & Technology Facilities Council

Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

Funding committee member, Wellcome Trust

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Research Output 1996 2018

  • 48 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 2 Other
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A 256 x 256, 100-kfps, 61% Fill-Factor SPAD Image Sensor for Time-Resolved Microscopy Applications

Gyongy, I., Calder, N., Davies, A., Dutton, N. A. W., Duncan, R. R., Rickman, C., Dalgarno, P. A. & Henderson, R. K., Feb 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. 65, 2, p. 547-554 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Image sensors
Microscopic examination
Pixels
Avalanche diodes
Charge coupled devices

A catch-and-release approach to selective modification of accessible tyrosine residues

Allan, C., Kosar, M., Burr, C. V., Mackay, C. L., Duncan, R. R. & Hulme, A. N., 13 Sep 2018, In : ChemBioChem.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tyrosine
Proteins
Benchmarking
Static Electricity
Sepharose

Cylindrical microlensing for enhanced collection efficiency of small pixel SPAD arrays in single-molecule localisation microscopy

Gyongy, I., Davies, A., Gallinet, B., Dutton, N. A. W., Duncan, R. R., Rickman, C., Henderson, R. K. & Dalgarno, P. A., 5 Feb 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 3, p. 2280-2291 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
avalanches
photodiodes
pixels
microscopy
photons

High-speed particle tracking in microscopy using SPAD image sensors

Gyongy, I., Davies, A., Miguelez Crespo, A., Green, A., Dutton, N. A. W., Duncan, R. R., Rickman, C., Henderson, R. K. & Dalgarno, P. A., 20 Feb 2018, High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy III: Toward Big Data Instrumentation and Management. Tsia, K. K. & Goda, K. (eds.). Vol. 105050, 105050A. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10505)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
avalanche diodes
high speed
microscopy
sensors
photons

256×256, 100kfps, 61% Fill-factor time-resolved SPAD image sensor for microscopy applications

Gyongy, I., Calder, N., Davies, A., Dutton, N. A. W., Dalgarno, P. A., Duncan, R. R., Rickman, C. & Henderson, R. K., 2 Feb 2017, 2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). IEEE, p. 8.2.1-8.2.4 4 p. (Technical digest)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Avalanche diodes
avalanche diodes
shutters
Image sensors
Microscopic examination

Prizes

Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship

Rory R. Duncan (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2012 2018

Scottish Parliament (External organisation)

Duncan, R. R. (Chair)
1 Mar 20181 May 2020

Activity: MembershipMembership of Advisory Panel

Science & Technology Facilities Council (External organisation)

Duncan, R. R. (Chair)
20172018

Activity: MembershipMembership of Advisory Panel

Science, jellyfish, science and art

Duncan, R. R. (Speaker)
1 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

Enlightenment: molecules, brains, light and art

Duncan, R. R. (Speaker)
13 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

Wellcome Trust (External organisation)

Duncan, R. R. (Member)
1 Dec 2015

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Press / Media