Brendan Kennedy is Laboratory Head at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at The University of Western Australia. He graduated with a PhD from Dublin City University, Ireland, in 2006. Before joining UWA, he has employed as a teaching and research academic at the University of Santiago, Chile (2006-2007). In 2014, he received a Western Australia Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievements in the area of scientific research and communication and, in 2015, received a UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-Career Research Award. Brendan is co-founder and lead researcher with OncoRes Medical: a start-up company developing novel surgical imaging tools. Brendan’s primary research interest is in the development of novel optical imaging techniques. In particular, he leads the development of micro-elastography: a method to measure tissue’s micro-scale stiffness. He is developing micro-elastography for intraoperative tumour margin detection in breast cancer. He is also exploring the application of micro-elastography to tumour and vascular biology, biomaterials and airway physiology. He is also actively developing of convergent approaches to research.