Qimei Zhang

Qimei Zhang

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr. Qimei Zhang is a lecturer in the Department of Engineering.

Career overview

Qimei Zhang received her B. S. degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China, in 2011. From 2012 to 2016 Qimei Zhang was working towards her PhD degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in University of Nottingham. Her research topic was Ultrasound mediated fluorescence tomography.

From October 2015 to March 2016, Qimei Zhang was working as a research fellow on biomedical optics simulation in the University of Nottingham. She then went on to work as a research fellow on photonics textiles in University of Nottingham in collaboration with industry partners. From November 2017 to April 2018, Qimei Zhang holds a Hermes fellowship from University of Nottingham developing a respiration and heart rate vest for monitoring in an MRI system. Since September 2018 Qimei Zhang joined the Nottingham Trent University as a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Engineering.

Research areas

Dr. Qimei Zhang’s research field is in optical fiber sensing and biomedical imaging. Qimei has an interest in investigating minimum invasive sensors based on optical fiber technology with application in healthcare (e.g. compression therapy, glucose monitoring). Qimei has a great interest to develop sensors to monitor vital physiological parameters for diagnostic, treatment purpose, or during sports activity.

Qimei also has expertise on Ultrasound Mediated Luminescence Tomography using Contrast Agents. She worked on fluorophore labelled microbubble/liposome based contrast agents to improve the contrast, resolution, and imaging depth of fluorescence imaging. Qimei also has an interest in simulation of light propagation in tissue.


Peer-reviewed journal papers:

  • Zhang, Q.; Morgan, S. P.; Mather, M. L., “Nanoscale Ultrasound-Switchable FRET-Based Liposomes for Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging in Optically Turbid Media,” SMALL, 13(33), 2017, 1602895.
  • Zhang, Q.; Moles, M. D.; O’Shea, P.; Morgan, S. P.; Mather, M. L., “Ultrasound Induced Fluorescence of Nanoscale Liposome Contrast Agents,” PLoS ONE, 11(7), 2016, e0159742.
  • Zhang, Q.; Mather, M. L.; Morgan, S. P., "Numerical Investigation of the mechanisms of Ultrasound-modulated Bioluminescence Tomography," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 62(9), 2015, pp.2135-43.

Conference presentations:

  • Zhang, Q.; Morgan, S. P.; Mather, M. L., “Nanoscale donor-acceptor labelled liposome contrast agent for ultrasound modulated fluorescence tomography,” SPIE Medical Imaging, San Diego, USA, Feb.2016.
  • Zhang, Q.; Moles, M. D.; Mather M. L.; Morgan, S. P., “Ultrasound modulated fluorescence emission from Pyrene-labelled liposome contrast agents,” Twelfth International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine (PIBM 2014), Proc. SPIE Vol. 9230, Wuhan, China, Jun.2014.
  • Zhang, Q.; Moles, M. D.; Mather M. L.; Morgan, S. P., “Ultrasound modulated optical tomography using liposomes as contrast agents,” Optics within Life Sciences 2014 (OWLS 2014), Ningbo, China, Jun.2014.

Press expertise

  • Biomedical imaging and sensing
  • Healthcare technologies
  • Medical device
  • Ultrasound mediated optical tomography
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Optical imaging