Dr James Chandler

Dr James Chandler


James received his MEng degree in Automotive Engineering in 2011 from the University of Leeds. He subsequently completed a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) funded Ph.D. in 2015 on the development of surgical sensing technology for intraoperative identification of colorectal cancer. After his PhD, he co-founded ReSolve Research Engineering, a company offering bespoke mechatronic systems for research and worked with a wide range of academic and industrial partners to meet their research testing requirements. In 2018, he joined the Science and Technologies of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering to work as a Research Fellow on ultra-low-cost robotic endoscopes for deployment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), and subsequently magnetic soft robotic technologies for minimally invasive cancer diagnosis. In 2021, he was appointed as Lecturer in Surgical Robotics, with a research focus on the development of affordable, effective and safe soft robotic technologies for minimally invasive (intravascular and endoscopic) diagnosis and treatment of disease. His research aims to expand soft and continuum medical robotic systems; ensure atraumatic robot-tissue interactions; develop affordable medical devices for low-resource settings; and deliver sensing technology for real-time identification of tissue disease.


  • Module Leader: ELEC1620 Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
  • Module Leader: XJEL1620 Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
  • Laboratory Manager: The Prof S.C. Loh Robotics Innovation Lab
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Professional memberships

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing

Current postgraduate researchers

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