Insigneo structure

The Insigneo Institute structure is composed of our Members, Board of Research Directors, Operations Team, Steering Committee, and Advisory Board and led by the Executive Director and Deputy Director.

Insigneo structure - cog diagram

Professor Jim Wild

Executive Director

Professor Jim Wild is the Executive Director at the Insigneo Institute. He has been a member of Insigneo since its inception and was formerly the director of research and interim executive director.

Jim is a magnetic resonance physicist who joined the University of Sheffield in 2000, his research focuses on the physics and engineering and clinical applications of hyperpolarised gas (3He and 129Xe) and proton MRI in the lungs and pulmonary vasculature.

His research has demonstrated the role of these pulmonary MRI methods in clinical practice and he works closely with the NHS, medical imaging and pharma industrial partners to achieve broader clinical translation of this technology.  

The lung imaging methods and models are the basis of patient specific in silico models of lung disease at Insigneo in VPH projects such as Airprom.

Jim's POLARIS research group are based in the MRI unit in the Division of Clinical Medicine, which is home to the Insigneo image computing lab.

Professor Damien Lacroix

Deputy Director

Damien is one of the founding members of the Insigneo Institute having joined the University in 2012 to take a Chair in Biomedical Engineering within the Institute and he has also previously served on the Insigneo board.

Damien is a Professor of Mechanobiology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. After a PhD in Biomechanics at Trinity College Dublin, Damien pursued his early career in Barcelona to become Group Leader of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia before he took a Chair in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 within the Insigneo Institute.

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