Physics group photo

The Physics and Biomodelling team undertakes research to develop the next generation of advanced instrumentation and computational methods for imaging the distribution and kinetics of radio-pharmaceuticals in the body.

These techniques are used by researchers at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute for the testing of new drugs and interventions in various brain disorders, including neuro-degenerative diseases, mood disorders and cancer.

Students in our lab use a wide variety of research tools, from Monte Carlo simulation to molecular imaging experiments with phantoms, animals and human subjects.

They also have the opportunity to become involved in neuroscience projects that make use of our imaging facilities to investigate novel therapeutics and links between brain disease, gene regulation and changes in the brain’s biochemistry during development and drug intervention.

There are opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake exciting and challenging projects in:

  • Motion tracking and correction techniques for imaging conscious, freely moving animals
  • Novel image reconstruction methods to improve the accuracy and sensitivity of PET and SPECT
  • Tracer kinetic modelling and quantification of microglial markers and other novel neuroimaging ligands


Current opportunities in medical imaging physics and biomodelling: