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Diane Halliwell

Formerly at Lancaster University

Diane Halliwell

Research overview

My current research is focused on the application of high-end infrared imaging technologies to the application of cervical cell changes in the pathnogenesis of cervical cancer and in tracking biochemical changes following treatment. 

Research has 2 main aspects:

1. The application of scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) in transmission mode in combination with an infrared free electron laser (IR-FEL) to image whole cervical cells. This is a world first on two counts: it is the first time that SNOM has been used in transmission mode and the first time on whole cervical cells. This high-end imaging technology is being used to map the changes from normal to cancer cells. 

2. Excisional treatment for cervical cancer is associated with significant adverse seqelae, including preterm labour and mid-trimester loss. The application of biospectroscopy to track biochemical changes before and after treatment will help define the clinical mimimal excision depth needed to return a diseased cervix to a healthy cervix. 


Thesis Title

Biospectroscopy Investigations Into Cervical Cytology.


PROFILE: Having gained over 12 years of experience of working within drug development, I actively sort to invest my experience and skills into a new learning opportunity to promote a successful career change. Thus, in February 2015, I began a research masters under the supervision of Professor Frank Martin at Lancaster University using high-end infrared technologies to investigate cervical cancer. 

My work experience includes:

  • 7 years medical regulatory writing (Phase I, II, III)
  • 3 years clinical trial monitoring (Phase III)
  • 2.5 years of clinical data management (Phase I, II, and III)

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