Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society

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Peter Gardner holds a chair in Analytical and Biomedical Spectroscopy at the University of Manchester. He has 28 years of research experience in the field of vibrational spectroscopy and over the last 12 years has built a highly successful bio-spectroscopy group. He is based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology but has a long-standing collaboration with the Paterson Institute of Cancer Research, as well as the Hope and Christie hospital NHS trusts.

Peter’s research focuses on the use of infrared spectroscopy and hyper-spectral imaging for numerous projects related to biomedical problems. He has a strong track record of funding from both EPSRC and cancer research charities and has managed a number of interdisciplinary research projects. He led the single cell work group of an EU funded network (DASIM) which was particularly successful in solving issues related to infrared scattering from cells.


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Matthew Baker is currently a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. He leads the interdisciplinary Spectral Analytics Laboratory based in the Technology and Innovation Centre, focussing on uses of spectroscopy and spectrometry to interrogate the biochemistry of biological systems for diagnosis and detection of disease states, pathogenic bacteria and the development of next generation healthcare technologies. He is Co-I, Younger Members Lead and WP3 co-lead with Prof Nick Stone for the CLIRSPEC Network.

Matt obtained his PhD from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester based in the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre. Following this he was awarded an EPSRC Fellowship conducting research at the Robert Koch Institute and Harvard Medical School. He was then a Project Manager, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow for Dstl and Senior Lecturer at UCLan. Matt’s research has delivered high impact peer-reviewed publications, a research focus article highlighting his work visiting academic / research fellow positions at eight international institutions, multiple governmental presentations and reports and the establishment of an extensive international network throughout academia, government and industry. He currently holds visiting positions at Royal Preston Hospital NHS Trust and The Walton Centre NHS Trust where he is working to translate spectroscopy into the clinic.


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Nick Stone has the position of Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing at the University of Exeter and Consultant Clinical Scientist at Gloucestershire Hospitals, where he founded the Biophotonics Research Unit. He has worked for 18 years to pioneer the field of novel optical diagnostics within the clinical environment, working closely at the clinical/academic/commercial interface to pull through novel technologies to be used where they have most clinical need.

Nick has received numerous awards for his research. He recently won the Chief Scientific Officer’s National R&D Award for 2009. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters and worked within the NHS in partnership with clinicians of numerous specialities. Nick recently held the post of Director of Science for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.



Małgorzata Barańska is head of the Raman Imaging Group at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.

In her work, Małgosia focuses on research of bioactive compounds by means of spectroscopic methods, particularly modern Raman techniques. The scientific projects that she realizes are concerned with analysis of secondary metabolites of plants that have applications as drugs, pigments or spices. Recently, Małgosia is also particularly interested in research of pigments and natural dyes used in conservation.

The most recent direction of her research is related to development and curing lifestyle diseases, specifically finding new drugs of endothelium bioactivity. These research areas will be realized as a part of newly-opened Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), of which she is a member.

Since Jan 2016 she is also an editor of the Elsevier journal, Spectrochimica Acta A.


Peter Lasch is Head of the Division of Proteomics and Spectroscopy at the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens (ZBS), Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Berlin.

Peter has a range of interests including:

  • Biomedical vibrational (infrared, Raman) spectroscopy of cells and tissues
  • Spatially resolved microspectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging
  • Characterization of microorganisms using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry
  • Biomarker profiling
  • Chemometrics, multivariate statistics, artificial neural networks


Bayden Wood is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, based at Monash University in Melbourne.

His main research is concerned primarily with vibrational spectroscopy of tissues, cells and biomolecules. In particular he is interested in monitoring heme aggregation in single living red blood cells associated with erythrocyte disorders including malaria and sickle cell disease using resonance Raman spectroscopy (RRS).

With several colleagues, he is currently developing techniques to monitor heme-drug interactions in single cells using this technique with particular emphasis on detecting drug interactions with malaria pigment (also known as hemozoin). Other areas of interest include FT-IR microspectroscopy and FT-IR imaging of cells and tissues and developing applications for cancer diagnosis, histocompatibility testing, oocyte development, stem cell research and algae research.

He also has a strong interest in applying multivariate statistics and neural network architectures to the analysis of FT-IR and Raman spectra of bio-samples and producing 4-dimesnsional infrared maps of cells and tissues.


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Hugh J. Byrne is the Head of the Focas Research Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology. He has over 25 years experience in research and has published over 250 journal and conference papers. Hugh has been responsible for over €20 million in funded projects, including Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and EU projects and has over 15 years of experience in the management and development of research infrastructure. He has supervised over 30 PhD students.

Hugh was co-founder of the National BioPhotonics and Imaging Platform, Ireland and the Integrated NanoScience Platform of Ireland and is National representative on the ESFRI EuroBioImaging Platform.


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Alex Henderson, a researcher at the University of Manchester has extensive experience in multi-modal data handling within the spectroscopic and hyperspectral imaging domains. Alex was a founder of a spin-out company, SurfaceSpectra Ltd, specialising in spectral databases and knowledge systems.

Alex is a recognised National Expert on four working groups of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) related to TerminologyGeneral ProceduresData Management and Treatment and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.



Council Members

Act as a governing body to guide the Society’s philosophy

  • Matthew J. Baker (UK)
  • Małgorzata Barańska (Poland)
  • Andrew J. Berger (USA)
  • Rohit Bhargava (USA)
  • M. Alejandra Nieves Bosch (Argentina)
  • Hugh J. Byrne (Ireland)
  • John M. Chalmers (UK)
  • Murali K. Chilakapati (India)
  • Max Diem (USA)
  • Peter Gardner (UK)
  • Klaus Gerwert (Germany)
  • Andrea Gomez-Zavaglia (Argentina)
  • Royston Goodacre (UK)
  • Kathleen M. Gough (Canada)
  • Alex Henderson (UK)
  • Philip R. Heraud (Australia)
  • Sergei Kazarian (UK)
  • Christoph Krafft (Germany)
  • Peter Lasch (Germany)
  • Anita Mahadevan-Jansen (USA)
  • Airton A. Martin (Brazil)
  • Donald McNaughton (Australia)
  • Julian Moger (UK)
  • Dieter U. Naumann (Germany)
  • Wolfgang Petrich (Germany)
  • Jürgen Popp (Germany)
  • Gerwin J. Puppels (The Netherlands)
  • Bin Ren (China)
  • Hidetoshi Sato (Japan)
  • Jürgen Schmitt (Germany)
  • Ganesh D. Sockalingum (France)
  • Nicholas Stone (UK)
  • Josep Sulé-Suso (UK)
  • Bayden R. Wood (Australia)