Student Spotlight

Peter Lee
University of Oxford
Atomic and Laser Physics Group



Q: What initially attracted you to biophysics?

Biology. In particular, understanding biological phenomena quantitatively and developing new tools for probing cells and tissues were aspects of biophysics that initially got me excited about the field.

Q: What specific areas are you studying?

Cardiac electrophysiology.

Q: What is your current research project?

My current research projects include developing new methods of optically measuring multiple electrophysiological parameters simultaneously at high-speeds and electromechanically stimulating cardiac tissue constructs in culture.

Q: What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to continue to develop cardiac electrophysiology tools for in vitro applications and, ultimately, in vivo applications in either an industrial or academic setting (or both).

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting their undergraduate science career, what would it be?

Work in a field and environment where your interests and scientific development are both strongly supported.

Q: Why did you join the Biophysical Society?

To be a part of a network of scientists interested in the same sorts of scientific problems I’m interested in.

Q: What (or who) inspires you scientifically?

The colleagues I work with on a day-to-day basis and pioneers in my field, such as Professors Denis Noble and Leslie Loew.

Paul Ewart and Christian Bollensdorff, Lee’s PI’s, say:

“Peter’s work has had an exceptional impact in the field of cardiac electrophysiology where new approaches are urgently needed. In particular, Peter has introduced some novel methods that are highly cost effective, accessible to a wide range of research groups and, most importantly, are well-suited to addressing long standing questions. Peter is a highly self-motivated student, passionate about providing solutions to important problems using his technical expertise in electronics, optics and mechanics, together with computer control and analysis. Whilst gaining understanding of heart physiology he was able to identify efficient new ways to tackle the problems in the field using state-of-the-art techniques and bringing his own “can-do” approach. We have no doubt that he will continue to work effectively to improve the tool-kit for research in cardiac electrophysiology.”

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