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Professor Robin O. Cleveland

Professor of Engineering Science; Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford

Professor Robin ClevelandContact

Phone: +44(0)1865 617 737
Mailing address: Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Old Road Campus Research Building, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7DQ, UK

Academic Background

Robin Cleveland is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.  He received the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where his doctoral research was on sonic boom propagation in the atmosphere.  At the completion of his PhD he was award the F.V. Hunt Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America which he carried out at the University of Washington in Seattle studying shock wave lithotripsy – breaking of kidney stones by shock waves.  After two years in Seattle he joined the faculty at Boston University where he remained for fourteen years rising to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  In 2011 he joined BUBL.  He carries out research in nonlinear acoustics with particular application to biomedical ultrasound.  Areas of research include: shock wave lithotripsy, high intensity focused ultrasound surgery for thermal ablation,  nonlinear distortion of B-mode diagnostic ultrasound, the development of shelled microbubble for ultrasound theranostics (targeted imaging and drug-delivery).

Awards and Prizes

  • Paper of the Year IEEE Trans. on UFFC (2006).
  • Teacher of the Year, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University (2009). 
  • ASA Bruce Lindsey Award (2000) 
  • ASA Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Acoustics (1995-6).

Selected Recent Publications

  •  A. Y. Ammi, R. O. Cleveland, J. Mamou, G. I. Wang, S. L. Bridal, W. D. O ’Brien, Jr, “Ultrasonic contrast agent shell rupture detected by inertial cavitation and rebound signals,” IEEE Trans. on UFFC 53:126-136 (2006).
  • R.O. Cleveland, P.V. Chitnis, S.R. McClure, “Acoustic Field of a Ballistic Shock Wave Therapy Device,” Ultrasound Med. and Biol. 33:1327-1335  (2007).
  • Y. Jing and R. O. Cleveland, “Modeling the propagation of nonlinear three-dimensional acoustic beams in inhomogeneous media,” J. Acoust Soc. Am. 122:1352—1364 (2007).
  • J. Huang, J. Triedman, N. V. Vasilyev, Y. Suematsu, R. O. Cleveland, P. E. Dupont, “Imaging artifacts of medical instruments in sonographically guided interventions,” J. Ultrasound in Medicine 26:1303-1322 (2007).
  • T.G. Leighton and R.O. Cleveland, “Lithotripsy,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 224(2): 317-342 (2010).
  • J. Condliffe, H. A. Schiffter, R. O. Cleveland, C-C. Coussios, “An Acoustic Microscopy Technique to Assess Particle Size and Distribution Following Needle-free Injection,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127: 2252-2261 (2010).
  •  N. J. Manzi, P. V. Chitnis, R.G. Holt, R.A. Roy, R. O. Cleveland, B Riemer and M. Wendel, “Detecting cavitation in mercury exposed to a high-energy pulsed proton beam,”  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127(4): 2231-2239 (2010).
  •  W. J. Duncanson, K. Oum, J. R.Eisenbrey, R. O. Cleveland, M. A. Wheatley and J. Y. Wong, “Targeted binding of PEG-lipid modified polymer ultrasound contrast agents with tiered surface architecture” J. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 106(3):501-6, (2010).
  •  P. Lai, J. R. McLaughlan, A. B. Draudt, T. W. Murray, R.O. Cleveland and R. A. Roy, “Real time monitoring of high intensity focused ultrasound lesion formation using acousto-optic sensing” Ultrasound. Med in Biol, 37: 239-252 (2011).
  • J. J. Rassweiler, T. Knoll, Kai-Uwe Köhrmann, J. A. McAteer, J. E. Lingeman, R. O. Cleveland, M. R. Bailey, C. Chaussy, “Shock wave technology and application – an update,” Eur. Urol. 59:784-796 (2011).