Dr Sophie Shermer
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 602286
Room: Office - 510
Fifth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • quantum control
  • modelling and simulation
  • optimization and control
  • spin dynamics
  • medical imaging (MRI)


  1. & Design and characterization of tissue-mimicking gel phantoms for diffusion kurtosis imaging. Medical Physics
  2. & Jonckheere-Terpstra test for nonclassical error versus log-sensitivity relationship of quantum spin network controllers. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control 28(6), 2383-2403.
  3. & Monte Carlo simulations of spin transport in a strained nanoscale InGaAs field effect transistor. Journal of Applied Physics 122(22), 223903
  4. & Design of Feedback Control Laws for Information Transfer in Spintronics Networks. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 1-1.
  5. & Multi-fractal geometry of finite networks of spins: Nonequilibrium dynamics beyond thermalization and many-body-localization. Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 103, 622-631.

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  • PH-307 Condensed Matter Physics II

    The course builds on module PH-207 and provides a theoretical and experimental overview of the thermal, electronic and magnetic properties of material.

  • PH-M38 Magnetic Resonance Physics, NMR Spectroscopy and MRI

    This course will provide an introduction to medical physics and imaging focusing on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and MRI. It will cover the physical principles underpinning nuclear magnetic resonance, MRI hardware, pulse sequences and MR safety. Basic and advanced imaging techniques will be discussed, including gradient and spin echo imaging, T1 and T2 weighting, probing tissue micro-structure via diffusion weighting (DWI, DTI, DKI), perfusion and dynamic contrast enhanced imaging, as well as detection of chemical biomarkers by in vivo NMR spectroscopy. MR coil design, especially the design of RF coils, and techniques for mapping static magnetic fields (B0), gradient fields and RF fields will be described, and the design of tissue-mimicking phantoms for QA will be discussed.


  • 'Simulation of brain metabolism and blood flow changes in response to electrical stimuli using reaction-diffusion models. ' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Hugtenburg
    Other supervisor: Dr Frederic Boy
  • The development of phantoms for the validation of a MRI structural spectroscopy sequence (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Hugtenburg
  • Monte Carlo Simulations of Spin Transport in Semiconductor Devices. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Karol Kalna
  • New techniques for quantification of biomarkers and metabolites by magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Hugtenburg
  • Multi-parametric MRI of prostate cancer: Assessment of Spectroscopy, Diffusion, Dynamic Contrast and Relaxometry for active surveillance, staging and treatment planning. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jonathan Phillips