Graham Spicer

Dr Graham Spicer


  • Position Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • Subject areas Oncology Engineering Physics
  • School Physical Sciences
  • Personal website Physics - Vision Lab
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Graham is a Research Associate in the Department of Physics, working to build new endoscopes for early cancer detection.

Graham Spicer

Graham obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University (2013), and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University (2019) in the USA. During his PhD at Northwestern, he studied how cancers develop and metastasize in animal models using 3D imaging techniques. In 2019 he joined Professor Guillermo Tearney at Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow, where he developed new catheter technologies for clinical intravascular imaging.

Graham is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics funded by the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Challenge Award for developing the next generation of spectral endoscopy. He became a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College in 2022.


Graham’s current research focuses on developing new modes of spectral endoscopy for the early detection of esophageal and gastric cancers. White light endoscopy provides a clear view of the esophagus but early lesions that lead to cancer can easily be missed during examination. Adding spectral resolution to endoscopy can provide much better contrast so inconspicuous lesions are not missed, and optical interferometry can give a depth-resolved view of what lurks beneath the tissue’s surface. Graham works to bring new spectral endoscopes to the clinic where they can be tested in real patients to determine benefit. His research is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of optics, engineering, and clinical medicine, part of a project funded by the EPSRC with Dr Sarah Bohndiek.

What's on

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.