Dr Bugby completed her PhD in 2015 at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester. She then spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on portable medical gamma imaging, detection of dual gamma-NIR tracers for cancer imaging and XRF imaging. In 2018, Sarah became an STFC Innovation fellow within the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester with a remit to translate core STFC-funded research in detectors and imaging systems to interdisciplinary areas. Over this time, she has been able to take a new medical imaging device from bench testing to clinical pilot studies and now to commercial development.

She joined Loughborough University in September 2019 as a Lecturer in Physics and member of the Centre for Sensing and Imaging Science.

Dr Bugby is involved with the Loughborough University outreach project "Life Through A Lens", developing fun hands-on activities inspired by the physics of imaging to encourage young people to explore scientific phenomena and support them to gain a deeper understanding of where these subjects might take them. Activities are supported by the Institute of Physics and can be adapted for age five and upwards for use at national science festivals, school visits and community groups. For more information: www.lboro.ac.uk/life-through-lens

Research areas

  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • X-ray and gamma detectors
  • Scintillator and compound semiconductor detector performance
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Elected member of Institute of Physics Medical Physics Group Committee
  • Impact Lead – STFC Cancer Diagnosis Network+
  • STFC Public Engagement Early-Career (PEER) Forum member
  • Midlands Medical Imaging Network Committee member