Dr Gemma Bale
Dr Gemma Bale is a Research Associate in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory at the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London (UCL).
Dr Bale was recently awarded The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture for Engineering, Technology and Industry by the British Science Association, as part of its prestigious Award Lectures for 2018. She was chosen as one of only six top UK researchers chosen for her pioneering research and her engaging communication skills. Other receipients included Brian Cox.
Her work focuses on brain injury in newborn babies by applying a novel infared light technique to enable a new way for brain monitoring. She develops new near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) techniques for the measurement of metabolism and cerebral oxygenation, via cytochrome-c-oxidase. Her PhD involved demonstrating and developing a novel broadband NIRS instrument to monitor neonatal brain injuries.