The Consortium

The Proteus project involves staff and students from the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and the University of Bath.


Where We Work:

The Hub

A key component in ensuring the success of the Proteus collaboration was acquiring the IRC Hub, alongside access to meeting rooms and workshops. The Hub comprises an open plan office and four dedicated labs within the University of Edinburgh’s Queens Medical Research Institute (QMRI), located adjacent to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The Hub is the permanent home to all of our partner staff, made up of biologists, physicists, engineers, clinical research fellows, signal processors and chemists. The project manager, clinical trial manager and the engagement strategist are also based here. A novel strategy has also been to seat our legal and business development staff within the Hub allowing a deeper appreciation of translation/commercialisation, and also opening up the paths of communication.

The Hub provides a training base for PhD students who are learning the cross-disciplinary skills required to equip them to meet the challenges of bringing  revolutionary advances in physical sciences into the UK healthcare system.

Our labs are dedicated to promoting integration of purpose, effective communication and the rapid transition of project development into the clinical setting. As such, you will find our cross-disciplinary scientists working side by side within this setting.

Weekly progress meetings and workshops have helped foster team bonding and promote interdisciplinary ethos. We have also held a bespoke facilitated workshop “Interdisciplinarity – What it means for Proteus” to engender a team spirit.

The Spokes

These are the labs and departments where initial research and development of our core science and technology takes place, located across the University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, and the University of Bath.

The University of Bath

The University of Bath is responsible for developing our bespoke fibre technology, and the team can be found in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials on the University of Bath campus. The centre is home to multiple physics labs, as well as a pair of state of the art optical fibre drawing towers housed in a purpose-built cleanroom. The towers allow us to produce commercial-grade bespoke fibres, which we plan to take into clinic in the near future.

In keeping with our interdisciplinary ethos, team members, including chemists, signal processors, biologists and project managers, were given an opportunity to try their hand at constructing fibres at a recent steering group meeting. Not only was this great fun, but it gave the different disciplines and opportunity to appreciate the challenges behind developing a key part of our technology.

Heriot Watt University

Heriot Watt University brings optical physicists, signal processors and biologists to the team. Heriot Watt University is located at Riccarton at the western edge of Edinburgh. The Heriot Watt team members are primarily based in the Hub, but we also make use of ESRIC (Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium) facility at the Heriot Watt campus.

University of Edinburgh

In addition to our primary location at the Hub, Proteus has labs and offices located within the University of Edinburgh Schools of Chemistry, Engineering, and Informatics.