Rory works as an experimental scientist within matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI) and desorption electrospray ionisation (DESI) mass spectrometry imaging within the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI). He is part of the NPL team leading the CRUK Grand Challenge 5 consortium mapping the molecular characteristics of cancer at lengths scales from whole organ to the sub-cellular. Additionally, he is currently working across a number of projects in applied and fundamentals MALDI MSI research including: the use of novel lasers in MALDI MS, elucidating the effects of laser parameters in MALDI MS imaging, study of MALDI matrix properties and their relation to ionisation behaviours and new ion source development.
Rory Steven graduated with an MPhys degree, specialising in astrophysics, from the University of Manchester in 2008. He went on to study intellectual property law, obtaining a postgraduate diploma in 2009, also from the University of Manchester. From there he joined the Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (PSIBS DTC) at the University of Birmingham. Within this four-year PhD programme he obtained an MSci before going on to work under Josephine Bunch on his PhD project in MALDI MSI. This project focused on the fundamentals and method development concerning the use of a high repetition rate laser in MALDI MS and MSI studies of lipids. Rory joined NiCE-MSI at NPL in the summer of 2013.