I am honoured to be the nominated 2022 Training Interface Group (TIG) fellow in Cleft Lip & Palate and am based in the Cleft.Net.East service in Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge.

My passion for cleft has always spanned both clinical and research domains. I am currently writing up my PhD in the applications of 3D surface imaging in cleft – work that has been supported by both Surgical and Dental Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Research Fellowships. I was also awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travel fellowship to spend several months in the 3D Facial Research Imaging Group based in Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

I am especially interested in the use of 3D and 4D imaging to deep phenotype cleft lip and the application of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (X-AI) to enhance cleft care. Additionally, I believe that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are poised to play an important role in disseminating clinical knowledge in cleft globally.

I wholly support the CLEFT charity’s research ethos and applaud the important role it plays in supporting high quality research in cleft, in collaboration with other national organisations.