Meet the Researchers


Tristan Lowe


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Research Area: X-ray Computed Tomography

What is it like being a researcher?

Working in the Manchester X-Ray Imaging Facility can be challenging due to the rapid developments in hardware, software and the need to understand increasingly complex models. However the wide range of collaborative projects in areas such as biology, palaeontology, materials and nuclear applications offer the opportunity of working on a range of interesting projects that keep me fully occupied. Very few analysis techniques can be used to understand how materials change internally over time in 3D. Being amongst the first people to see these changes in 3D is a very rewarding experience.

What inspired you to become a researcher?

I’ve always been curious about how things work and a bit of a sci-fi fan so I naturally fell into research.

What is the best thing about being a researcher/your job?

Being able to shoot Cadbury cream eggs with an X-ray gun just for fun, I guess few people can say that!

What do you do in your free time?

Most of my time is spent training in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu which originates from the old Tosa region of Japan.

What is the first ‘science’ you remember doing?

Counting bubbles for a photosynthesis experiment in secondary school.

What discovery or invention could you not live without?

Coffee – without my early morning shot of caffeine not a lot would get done.

What do you think is the most important thing yet to be discovered/invented?

Let’s see what happens and let history decide.