Dr James Ross

Dr James Ross
PhD, CPhys, MInstP, MIPEM


Dr James Ross
Dr James Ross

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 437832
The University of Aberdeen F9
Biomedical Physics Building
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

Fast Field-Cycling MRI


Dr Ross graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2009 with an MPhys(Hons) in Theoretical Physics. He then completed an MSc in Medical Physics at Aberdeen University in 2011 before completing a PhD in Medical Physics under the supervision of Professor David Lurie.

He joined Prof Lurie's team as a Research Assistant in 2015 on the EPSRC funded "Zero-Field MRI" project. He was appointed Research Fellow in 2016 on the EU Horizon-2020 funded "IDentIFY" project where he worked on developing Fast Field-Cycling MRI (FFC-MRI) techniques for biomedical and clinical applications.

He was appointed Lecturer in 2020 and joined the team of Professor Dana Dawson.


Research Interests

My research is focused on a novel form of MRI, known as Fast Field-Cycling MRI (FFC-MRI) currently being developed at the University of Aberdeen. Unlike in conventional MRI where the static magnetic field B0 is held constant, in FFC-MRI the field is deliberately varied during the imaging sequence. This allows parameters such as the spin-lattice relaxation time, T1, to be studied as a function of B0. This "T1 dispersion" has demonstrated strong potential as a novel form of MRI contrast, and could find application in the diagnosis and characterisation of a wide range of pathologies.

I am interested in developing new imaging pulse sequences and reconstruction techniques for use with FFC-MRI with the aim of reducing scan time while still exploiting the unique Tdispersion information that is accessible using FFC-MRI. 

Research Grants

British Heart Foundation: The Next Leap in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Cycling the Field; D Dawson, D Lurie, L Broche, J Ross, H Abbas: , 2020-2023, £278k

SINAPSE Innovation Partnership: Towards a Cardiac Magnetic Resonace Protocol for Fast Field-Cycling MRI; J Ross, D Dawson, D Lurie, A Mezincescu: 2020-2021, £10k


Teaching Responsibilities

I lecture on the physics of MRI for the M.Sc courses in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects in MRI.