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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Pierre Gélat

  • Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

Contact Dr Gélat

+44 (0) 20 3108 9514
Research Profile:
IRIS page
Personal/lab or group website:
Ultrasonics group website

About Dr Gélat

Dr Gélat is currently investigating optimal patient specific treatment plans for high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablative therapies in the abdomen as part of EPSRC grant EP/P012434/1. The conditions of relevance to the grant include cancers of the liver, pancreas and kidney, uterine fibroids and resistant hypertension. HIFU is an early-stage treatment modality, which has been shown to benefit a range of diseases and conditions. In order to accelerate and widen the clinical translation of HIFU, it is necessary to gain a thorough understanding of the complex mechanisms, biological and other, involved in the action of focused ultrasound.

Dr Gélat is also Principal Investigator on the philanthropically funded Sonic Womb project, which aims to quantify the acoustic environment of the developing fetus via state-of-the-art numerical modelling and in vivo measurement techniques. A better understanding of the fetal auditory environment is critical for pregnant mothers to avoid exposing their babies to damaging levels of noise.

Dr Gélat’s a Chartered Engineer and prior to joining UCL full-time, he was employed at the National Physical Laboratory (Teddington, UK) for 16 years, where he acquired a broad range of experimental skills and numerical modelling expertise in engineering applications, particularly in medical and industrial ultrasound. He undertook and led a range of projects to solve complex mechanical engineering problems, including in the fields of food and drinks processing, biomedical engineering, microelectromechanical systems, aerospace, oil and gas, audio acoustics and industrial cleaning.

Additional non-UCL roles

Chair of Physical Acoustics Group, Institute of Physics

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