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Andrew graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2016 with a Distinction in Research, having also completed an intercalated degree in Biomedical Science in 2013. Andrew undertook Academic Foundation Training in Neurocritical Care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, researching haemodynamic and metabolic monitoring devices in traumatic brain injury.

In 2018, Andrew returned to the West Midlands to commence his neurosurgical postgraduate training in the Deanery, gaining Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2019 and was appointed as a Specialty Registrar in Neurosurgery in 2020. 

Andrew was awarded a Neurotrauma Research Fellowship in August 2021 and enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Belli and Prof. Zubair Ahmed. Andrew’s thesis is investigating photobiological interactions for neurorestoration after traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Andrew has since been awarded a highly competitive Surgical Research Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons to support this research, amongst other research funding awards including the Wellcome Trust Translational Development Fund.


  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS), 2019
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), 2018
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, with Honours and Distinction in Research (MBChB), University of Birmingham, 2016
  • Bachelor of Medical Science, First Class with Honours (BMedSc), University of Birmingham, 2013

Research interests

Andrew’s research interest is promoting repair and recovery after neurotrauma, particularly in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Andrew’s current focus is using photobiological interactions (photobiomodulation and optical spectroscopic methods) to treat and monitor the injured central nervous system. Andrew is investigating the mechanisms and efficacy of these approaches, alongside developing medical devices for translation of these treatments into clinical settings. This involves working with a multi-disciplinary collaborative from across the UoB campus, applying a range of scientific techniques, from molecular neuroscience to optical engineering.

Andrew also has an active role in clinical research, and currently leads and supports a range of clinical research projects in the area of neurotrauma, including those in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurocritical care and concussion.

Previously, Andrew has conducted research in both clinical and laboratory settings, including haemodynamic and metabolic monitoring techniques in traumatic brain injury; and development of novel molecular targets for promoting recovery after spinal cord injury.

External positions

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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