Hannah Rickman

Dr Hannah Rickman

  • 01202 965025
  • hrickman at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Biomedical Science
  • Christchurch House C211, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I have been a lecturer in Biomedical Science at Bournemouth University since August 2023 and I teach Year 1 Exploring and Understanding Science, Year 1 Cell Biology and Year 2 Blood Science. I joined Bournemouth University after leading two Blood Science units at Solent University and following my PhD in Medical Imaging at Imperial College London.


My research focuses on the development of imaging agents for contrast-enhanced MRI and image-guided therapies. I have investigated a broad range of novel designs, including functionalised gold nanoparticles for cancer imaging and therapy and peptide-linked multi-metallic structures for imaging heart disease. I have also explored the application of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of both cancer and antibiotic-resistant infection. Currently, I am collaborating with clinicians at University Hospitals Dorset to validate MRI as a diagnostic tool for biliary microlithiasis (the precursor to gall stones). This involves collaborating with Biomaterials Scientist, Dr Sarah Upson, to create models of healthy and diseased gallbladders with the aim to recreate the characteristic MRI features seen in the clinic.

Journal Articles

  • Qin, Y., Huang, M., Huang, C., Rickman, H., Zhang, L. and Zhu, D., 2024. O2-generating multifunctional polymeric micelles for highly efficient and selective photodynamic-photothermal therapy in melanoma. Chinese Chemical Letters.
  • Shi, X., Rickman, H. and Wilton-Ely, J., 2021. Strategies for the functionalisation of gold nanorods to reduce toxicity and aid clinical translation. Nanotheranostics.
  • Guinart, A., Rickman, H., Wilton-Ely, J. and Tetley, T., 2020. Gold nanomaterials in the management of lung cancer. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences.
  • Rickman, H., Yoon, I.-C., Chabloz, N., Molisso, S., Stasiuk, G., Botnar, R. and Wilton-Ely, J., 2020. Metallostar Assemblies Based on Dithiocarbamates for Use as MRI Contrast Agents. Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Rickman, H., Botnar, R. and Wilton-Ely, J., 2020. Gold nanomaterials functionalised with gadolinium chelates and their application in multimodal imaging and therapy. Chemical Communications.
  • Chabloz, N., Rickman, H., Yoon, I.-C., Coulson, A., White, A., Stasiuk, G., Botnar, R. and Wilton-Ely, J., 2020. Combined Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy Using Polyfunctionalised Nanoparticles Bearing Robust Gadolinium Surface Units. Chemistry: A European Journal.
  • Chabloz, N., Wenzel, M., Rickman, H., Yoon, I.-C., Molisso, S., Stasiuk, G., Elson, D., Cass, A. and Wilton-Ely, J., 2019. Polyfunctionalised Nanoparticles Bearing Robust Gadolinium Surface Units for High Relaxivity Performance in MRI. Chemistry: A European Journal.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Exploring and Understanding Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Blood Science

Invited Lectures

  • International Women's Day Careers Talk, Imperial College London, 06 Mar 2024 more


  • Towards non-invasive quantification of microlithiasis by MRI (Bournemouth University, 04 Mar 2024). Awarded


  • FHEA in Teaching and learning support in higher education (Advance HE, 2022)
  • PhD in Medical Imaging (Imperial College London, 2021)
  • MRes in Medical Imaging (King's College London, 2017)
  • MSci in Chemistry (University of Birmingham, 2016)