Robin Cleveland
Associate Head of Department (Graduates)
Professor of Engineering Science
Fellow of Magdalen College
Tel: 01865 617737
College: Magdalen College
Location: Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Marcela Botnar Wing, Oxford OX3 7LD

Robin Cleveland is Professor of Engineering Science and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where his doctoral research was on sonic boom propagation in the atmosphere. Upon completion of his PhD he was award the F.V. Hunt Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America which he carried out at the University of Washington in Seattle studying shock wave lithotripsy – breaking of kidney stones by shock waves.

After two years in Seattle, Robin joined the faculty at Boston University where he remained for fourteen years rising to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In 2011 he joined the University of Oxford, working in the BUBBL research group.

Robin carries out research in nonlinear acoustics with particular application to biomedical ultrasound.

Areas of research include: shock wave lithotripsy, high intensity focused ultrasound surgery for thermal ablation, nonlinear distortion of B-mode diagnostic ultrasound, the development of shelled microbubble for ultrasound theranostics (targeted imaging and drug-delivery).

BUBBL: Non-Invasive Therapy & Drug Delivery

  • Invited Speaker, Frontier Acoustics Symposium, Shenhzen, China (2017)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Guest Lecturer at World Congress of Endourology, London (2015)
  • Plenary Speaker, International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics, Lyon, France (2015)
  • Keynote Speaker, Joint 11th Congrès Français d’Acoustique and the Annual Institute of Acoustics Meeting (2012)
  • Paper of the Year IEEE Trans. on UFFC (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University (2009)
  • ASA Bruce Lindsey Award (2000)
  • ASA Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Acoustics (1995-6)
Foam gratings as an alternative to customized acoustic lenses
Richards LA,  Stride E,  Cleveland RO,  et al. (2023)
Transcranial ultrasound stimulation to human middle temporal complex improves visual motion detection and modulates electrophysiological responses
Butler CR,  Rhodes E,  Blackmore J,  Cheng X,  Peach RL,  Veldsman M,  Sheerin F,  Cleveland RO,  et al. (2022)
Effect of Acoustic Radiation Force on Displacement of Nanoparticles in Collagen Gels.
Lovmo MK,  Yemane PT,  Bjorkoy A,  Hansen R,  Cleveland RO,  Angelsen BA,  de Lange Davies C,  et al. (2021)
Dual array passive acoustic mapping for cavitation imaging with enhanced 2-D resolution
Gray M,  Elbes D,  Paverd C,  Lyka E,  Coviello C,  Cleveland RO,  Coussios C-C,  et al. (2020)
Ultrasound neuromodulation: a review of results, mechanisms and safety
Blackmore J,  Shrivastava S,  Sallet J,  Butler C,  Cleveland R,  et al. (2019)
Lipid-mRNA Nanoparticle Designed to Enhance Intracellular Delivery Mediated by Shock Waves
Zhang J,  Shrivastava S,  Cleveland RO,  Rabbitts T,  et al. (2019)
Delivering focused ultrasound to intervertebral discs using time-reversal
Qiao S,  Elbes D,  Boubriak O,  Urban J,  Coussios C-C,  Cleveland R,  et al. (2019)