About Us

The Raman Nanotheranostics (RaNT) team are developing a new, all-in-one technology, capable of diagnosing and treating cancers using a single device.

We are pioneering a non-invasive technique that aims to reduce or completely remove the need for cancer surgery, providing rapid, pain-free detection and therapy, right at the patient bedside.

Who Funds Us?

RaNT is a scientific research programme publicly funded by a £5.7 million grant awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), for an initial 5 year period (2018–2023).

Meet the Team

The research programme is led by scientists at the University of Exeter — under the direction of Professor Nick Stone — in collaboration with laboratory teams at the University of Cambridge, the UCL School of Pharmacy, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Labs.

Our research team comprises the director and 8 principle investigators, managing a team of 9 full-time research staff spread across the 4 institutions. 4 PhD students also contribute towards experimental and mathematical modelling work.

Away from the lab, a communities engagement manager is working to involve people with first-hand experience of the cancer treatment pathway. We are advised by a volunteer group of 7 highly experienced NHS front-line clinicians, and are currently recruiting cancer patients, survivors and carers to our first public and patient involvement (PPI) group. This ensures that RaNT addresses the critical needs of future end-users through a programme of co-development.

A full-time programme manager coordinates all of these elements, and the whole programme is overseen by a 4-person independent advisory board — all volunteers representing key future stakeholders.

Prof. Nick Stone (University of Exeter: Raman Nanotheranostics Programme Director) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Nick Stone

Director of RaNT Programme

Prof. Francesca Palombo (University of Exeter: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Prof. Julian Moger (University of Exeter: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Francesca Palombo

Principal Investigator

Prof. Julian Moger

Principal Investigator

Dr. Priyanka Dey (University of Exeter: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Benjamin Gardner (University of Exeter: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Dr. Priyanka Dey

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Benjamin Gardner

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Marzieh Salimi (University of Exeter: Experimental Officer) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Chun-Chin (Chuck) Wang (University of Exeter: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Suzy Eldershaw (University of Exeter: Raman Nanotheranostics Programme Manager) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Dr. Marzieh Salimi

Experimental Officer

Dr. Chun-Chin (Chuck) Wang

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Suzy Eldershaw

RaNT Programme Manager

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg (University of Cambridge: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ryan Edginton (University of Exeter: Raman Nanotheranostics Communities Engagement Manager) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Dr. Ryan Edginton

Communities Engagement Manager

Prof. Oren Scherman (University of Cambridge: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Kamil Sokolowski (University of Cambridge: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Prof. Ijeoma Uchegbu (UCL School of Pharmacy: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Oren Scherman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kamil Sokolowski

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Prof. Ijeoma Uchegbu

Principal Investigator

Prof. Andreas Schatzlein (UCL School of Pharmacy: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Andreas Schätzlein

Principal Investigator

Prof. Pavel Matousek (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: Principal Investigator) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Sara Mosca (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Prof. Pavel Matousek

Principal Investigator

Dr. Sara Mosca

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Alexandra Vaideanu (UCL School of Pharmacy: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Ryan Mellor (UCL School of Pharmacy: Laboratory Technician) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.
Dr. Arvin Eskandari (UCL School of Pharmacy: Post-Doctoral Researcher) - Click this icon to reveal their contact details.

Dr. Alexandra Vaideanu

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ryan Mellor

Laboratory Technician

Dr. Arvin Eskandari

Post-Doctoral Researcher

* team photos COMING SOON

Clinical Collaborator Group

Our clinical collaborator group (CCG) is an expert panel with over 200 years combined experience in the field of cancer treatment.

Each member brings to RaNT an extensive knowledge of real-world clinical practise.

They provide vital advice on key application areas, and help guide our researchers towards practical solutions on the technology’s development pathway from bench-top to bedside.

Our CCG Members are:

Mr. Colin Hopper

Consultant Maxillofacial (Head & Neck) Surgeon

UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Prof. Mark Emberton

Professor of Interventional Oncology

UCL & UCLH

Mr. Douglas Ferguson

Consultant Oncoplastic (Breast) Surgeon

RD&E NHS Foundation Trust & Nuffield Health

Prof. Iain Lyburn

Consultant Radiologist

Gloucester Hospitals & Cobalt Health

Mr. John McGrath

Consultant Urologist & Clinical Director for Acute Surgery

RD&E NHS Foundation Trust

Miss. Katerina Anesti

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

RD&E NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Efstathia Kyrodimou

Consultant Pathologist

RD&E NHS Foundation Trust

Independent Advisory Board

Each member of our independent advisory board (IAB) represents a key future stakeholder group.

They keep strategic oversight of the RaNT programme, monitoring our performance on key deliverables, and ensure that the programme actively integrates the perspectives of all potential end-users.

Our IAB Members are:

Dr. Matt Kaiser

Head of Discovery, Research & Research Careers

Cancer Research UK

Prof. Jonas Johannson

Director of Science & Innovation

AstraZeneca

Prof. Jeff Evans

Clinical Director

Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow

Prof. Dick Sterenborg

Senior Researcher

The Netherlands Cancer Institute & Academic Medical Centre

Other Contributors

RaNT is happy to be the research home to 4 fantastic PhD students. These early career researchers are contributing their invaluable experimental and mathematical modelling skills to the project throughout the course of their training — our doctoral students are funded separately to the £5.7 million EPSRC programme grant.

We are also proud to acknowledge the first-class contributions of all of the team members that have moved on to the next big stage of their careers.

PhD Students:

Aoife Gregg

University of Cambridge

Fahad Aldosari

University of Exeter

Jed Spree

University of Exeter

Ioana Blein-Dezayes

University of Exeter

Team Alumni:

Dr. Tanveer Tabish

RaNT Role: Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Exeter

Dr. Pablo Martínez Pancorbo

RaNT Role: PhD Student

University of Exeter