Dr Farah Ahmed

Head of Imaging

Department: Core Research Laboratories
Division: Imaging and Analysis Centre
Contact: email
Phone: 0207 942 5157

Summary

Farah received a BSc in Biomaterials Engineering and a PhD in Biophysics from Queen Mary University of London. Farah studied the three-dimensional structure of pathological bone using Micro-CT during her time as a PhD researcher. Following a short research position at the school of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL, she worked in a CT based consultancy. Farah currently manages the X-ray CT facility at the Natural History Museum in London and works on over 100 CT related projects a year across all science disciplines. Farah has held position of conference chair for Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) since 2013. She also holds a fellowship awarded in 2013 by the Software Sustainability Institute. Farah is heavily involved in outreach work and is interested in working closely with science and non-science groups to communicate NHM science to the public. Farah's main research interests lie in developing CT methodology for a broad range of applications including - meteorites, soft tissue, bone, biomaterials, medical devices, the mining sector and palaeontology

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

BSc (Eng) Biomedical Materials Science and Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Teaching Associate, Queen Mary University of London, Department of Materials, SEMS, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2007

Fellowships

SSI Fellow,

Committees

Member, Society of Electron Microscopy Technology, 2016 - on going.

Chair, Tomography for Scientific Advancement,

Publications

Smith DB, Bernhardt G, Raine NE, Abel RL, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Pedroso I, Gill RJ (2016) Exploring miniature insect brains using micro-CT scanning techniques. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) : doi: 10.1038/srep21768

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2015) QUANTIFYING THE DEFORMATION OF LEOVILLE CHONDRULES IN 3D: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE POST-ACCRETIONAL HISTORY OF THE CV3 PARENT BODY. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 50 :

Sukjamsri C, Geraldes DM, Gregory T, Ahmed F, Hollis D, Schenk S, Amis A, Emery R, Hansen U (2015) Digital volume correlation and micro-CT: An in-vitro technique for measuring full-field interface micromotion around polyethylene implants. Journal of Biomechanics, 48 (12) : 3447 - 3454. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.05.024

Acquaah F, Robson BrownKA, Ahmed F, Jeffery N, Abel RL (2015) Early Trabecular Development in Human Vertebrae: Overproduction, Constructive Regression, and Refinement. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 6 : doi: 10.3389/fendo.2015.00067

Amon DJ, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Copley JT, Kemp KM, Tyler PA, Young CM, Glover AG (2015) Burrow forms, growth rates and feeding rates of wood-boring Xylophagaidae bivalves revealed by micro-computed tomography. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00010

Brereton N, Ahmed F, Sykes D, Ray M, Shield I, Karp A, Murphy R (2015) X-ray micro-computed tomography in willow reveals tissue patterning of reaction wood and delay in programmed cell death. BMC Plant Biology, 15 (1) : 83 - 83. doi: 10.1186/s12870-015-0438-0

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2014) FINDING "PEBBLES" IN BARWELL WITH X-RAY MICRO-COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (mu CT). METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 49 : A15 - A15.

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2014) LOCATING POROSITY IN CHONDRITES WITH X-RAY MICRO-COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (mu CT). METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 49 : A16 - A16.

Wilkinson MARK, Kok PHILIPPEJR, Ahmed FARAH, Gower DAVIDJ (2014) Caecilita Wake & Donnelly, 2010 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) is not lungless: implications for taxonomy and for understanding the evolution of lunglessness . Zootaxa, 3779 (3) : 383 - 383. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3779.3.6

Smith CL, Sykes D, Almeida N, Ahmed F (2013) X-RAY MICROTOMOGRAPHY OF MARTIAN METEORITES - CURRENT AND FUTURE RESEARCH/CURATION APPLICATIONS. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 48 : A321 - A321.

Smith CL, Ahmed F (2012) X-RAY MICROTOMOGRAPHY OF THE TISSINT MARTIAN METEORITE. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 47 : A352 - A352.

Davis GR, Safir F, Boyde A (2009) X-ray microtomography and scanning electron microscopy in study of loss of articular calcified cartilage and subchondral bone in human femoral head. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PATHOLOGY, 90 (1) : A72 - A72.

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Almeida N
Co supervisor(s): Smith C
The use of Micro-CT in the use of extra-terrestrial material
NHM, London
University of Birkbeck, London
Funding: NHM
1/10/2013 - 1/10/2015.

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Smith D
Th effect of pesticides on be brains
Funding: NERC

Awards

Rank Prize Fund - Best Paper, Rank Prize Fund, Ditton Hill, Surrey, 18/10/2015.

Introduction

Summary

Farah received a BSc in Biomaterials Engineering and a PhD in Biophysics from Queen Mary University of London. Farah studied the three-dimensional structure of pathological bone using Micro-CT during her time as a PhD researcher. Following a short research position at the school of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL, she worked in a CT based consultancy. Farah currently manages the X-ray CT facility at the Natural History Museum in London and works on over 100 CT related projects a year across all science disciplines. Farah has held position of conference chair for Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) since 2013. She also holds a fellowship awarded in 2013 by the Software Sustainability Institute. Farah is heavily involved in outreach work and is interested in working closely with science and non-science groups to communicate NHM science to the public. Farah's main research interests lie in developing CT methodology for a broad range of applications including - meteorites, soft tissue, bone, biomaterials, medical devices, the mining sector and palaeontology

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

BSc (Eng) Biomedical Materials Science and Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Teaching Associate, Queen Mary University of London, Department of Materials, SEMS, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2007

Professional activities

Fellowships

SSI Fellow,

Committees

Member, Society of Electron Microscopy Technology, 2016 - on going.

Chair, Tomography for Scientific Advancement,

Publications

Publications

Smith DB, Bernhardt G, Raine NE, Abel RL, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Pedroso I, Gill RJ (2016) Exploring miniature insect brains using micro-CT scanning techniques. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) : doi: 10.1038/srep21768

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2015) QUANTIFYING THE DEFORMATION OF LEOVILLE CHONDRULES IN 3D: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE POST-ACCRETIONAL HISTORY OF THE CV3 PARENT BODY. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 50 :

Sukjamsri C, Geraldes DM, Gregory T, Ahmed F, Hollis D, Schenk S, Amis A, Emery R, Hansen U (2015) Digital volume correlation and micro-CT: An in-vitro technique for measuring full-field interface micromotion around polyethylene implants. Journal of Biomechanics, 48 (12) : 3447 - 3454. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.05.024

Acquaah F, Robson BrownKA, Ahmed F, Jeffery N, Abel RL (2015) Early Trabecular Development in Human Vertebrae: Overproduction, Constructive Regression, and Refinement. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 6 : doi: 10.3389/fendo.2015.00067

Amon DJ, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Copley JT, Kemp KM, Tyler PA, Young CM, Glover AG (2015) Burrow forms, growth rates and feeding rates of wood-boring Xylophagaidae bivalves revealed by micro-computed tomography. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00010

Brereton N, Ahmed F, Sykes D, Ray M, Shield I, Karp A, Murphy R (2015) X-ray micro-computed tomography in willow reveals tissue patterning of reaction wood and delay in programmed cell death. BMC Plant Biology, 15 (1) : 83 - 83. doi: 10.1186/s12870-015-0438-0

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2014) FINDING "PEBBLES" IN BARWELL WITH X-RAY MICRO-COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (mu CT). METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 49 : A15 - A15.

Almeida NV, Smith CL, Sykes D, Downes H, Ahmed F, Russell SS (2014) LOCATING POROSITY IN CHONDRITES WITH X-RAY MICRO-COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (mu CT). METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 49 : A16 - A16.

Wilkinson MARK, Kok PHILIPPEJR, Ahmed FARAH, Gower DAVIDJ (2014) Caecilita Wake & Donnelly, 2010 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) is not lungless: implications for taxonomy and for understanding the evolution of lunglessness . Zootaxa, 3779 (3) : 383 - 383. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3779.3.6

Smith CL, Sykes D, Almeida N, Ahmed F (2013) X-RAY MICROTOMOGRAPHY OF MARTIAN METEORITES - CURRENT AND FUTURE RESEARCH/CURATION APPLICATIONS. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 48 : A321 - A321.

Smith CL, Ahmed F (2012) X-RAY MICROTOMOGRAPHY OF THE TISSINT MARTIAN METEORITE. METEORITICS & PLANETARY SCIENCE 47 : A352 - A352.

Davis GR, Safir F, Boyde A (2009) X-ray microtomography and scanning electron microscopy in study of loss of articular calcified cartilage and subchondral bone in human femoral head. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PATHOLOGY, 90 (1) : A72 - A72.

Teaching and students

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Almeida N
Co supervisor(s): Smith C
The use of Micro-CT in the use of extra-terrestrial material
NHM, London
University of Birkbeck, London
Funding: NHM
1/10/2013 - 1/10/2015.

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Smith D
Th effect of pesticides on be brains
Funding: NERC

Impact and outreach

Awards

Rank Prize Fund - Best Paper, Rank Prize Fund, Ditton Hill, Surrey, 18/10/2015.