Joe Norton

Joe Norton

Why did you choose to study for a PhD at the University of Leeds?

I always expected to go into industry as soon as I had finished my undergraduate degree. However, when I got to the end of my 4th year I realised that I wanted to stay a part of the exciting university research environment. Medical robotics is something I am passionate about and the University of Leeds has some exciting projects and talented academics. It seemed like the perfect place to continue my professional development.

Tell us about your research

I am developing a small robotic device to replace the conventional colonoscope. This new robot could allow live images and tissue biopsies to be taken of the colon. It has the potential to be a simple and effective procedure with minimal patient discomfort - improving on some of the main drawbacks of the current procedure.

What is your favourite part of studying at Leeds?

The people I work with are extremely good at what they do and we are working together to develop cutting edge technologies – it is a stimulating environment to be in! I also have access to some world-class facilities - such as the newly built Robotic manufacturing facility - and so don’t feel restricted by not having the right tools for the job.

What activities do you take part in outside of your studies?

I joined the Leeds Rowing Club and the Photography Society earlier in my degree; both were a lot of fun to be a part of. I also enjoy going for runs and Leeds is not short of options!

What are your ambitions for the future?

It feels great to be developing a technology that could help people in the future. I am looking to continue in this field of medical robotics and progress as far as I can in a research environment.

Your advice to prospective students

I think that everyone should do something that they are enthusiastic about. If you find a project at the University of Leeds that you are interested in then I can highly recommend studying here.