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Kaye Morgan works with the x-ray imaging group in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at Monash University as a Research Fellow, recently awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Previous to this, Kaye was supported by a Veski Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, spending time at the Technische Universität München where she holds a Hans Fischer Fellowship.  This followed an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, which she received in the year following her PhD. 

Kaye works in the field of phase contrast x-ray imaging (PCXI), developing new methods for sensitively imaging soft tissue at high resolution. Phase contrast x-ray imaging utilises changes in the x-ray phase rather than the x-ray intensity, revealing soft tissue structures like the airways that are not seen in conventional x-ray imaging. Dr Morgan is working both on developing and extending these methods and on applying them to medical research questions. Imaging is performed largely at the SPring-8 synchrotron, the Australian Synchrotron and the Munich Compact Light Source.  

Research interests

  • Translating techniques to compact x-ray sources for wider adoption
    Kaye is also looking at the translation of PCXI techniques from synchrotron sources to laboratory sources, for research accessibility and eventual clinical availability.  This work has used both the Excillum liquid metal jet source and the world's first source driven by Inverse Compton Scattering, the Munich Compact Light Source (Physics in Medicine and BiologyScientific Reports, Scientific Reports).

You can watch a brief description of her research here and find more detail here.

External positions

Hans Fischer Fellow, Technische Universität München (TUM) (Technical University of Munich)



  • Synchrotron Imaging
  • Airway Imaging
  • X-ray Optics
  • Phase Contrast X-ray Imaging

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Projects 2007 2022

Research Output 2008 2018

Dynamic in vivo chest x-ray dark-field imaging in mice

Gradl, R., Morgan, K. S., Dierolf, M., Jud, C., Hehn, L., Gunther, B., Moller, W., Kutschke, D., Yang, L., Stoeger, T., Pfeiffer, D., Gleich, B., Achterhold, K., Schmid, O. & Pfeiffer, F., 5 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

In situ phase contrast X-ray brain CT

Croton, L. C. P., Morgan, K. S., Paganin, D. M., Kerr, L. T., Wallace, M. J., Crossley, K. J., Miller, S. L., Yagi, N., Uesugi, K., Hooper, S. B. & Kitchen, M. J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 12 p., 11412.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Application of sensitive, high-resolution imaging at a commercial lab-based X-ray micro-CT system using propagation-based phase retrieval

Bidola, P., Morgan, K., Willner, M., Fehringer, A., Allner, S., Prade, F., Pfeiffer, A. F. H. & Achterhold, K., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of Microscopy. 266, 2, p. 211-220 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Deterministic Bragg Coherent Diffraction Imaging

Pavlov, K. M., Punegov, V. I., Morgan, K. S., Schmalz, G. & Paganin, D. M., 1 Dec 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 15 p., 1132.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

High-resolution mucociliary transport measurement in live excised large animal trachea using synchrotron X-ray imaging

Donnelley, M., Morgan, K. S., Awadalla, M., Farrow, N. R., Hall, C. & Parsons, D. W., 16 May 2017, In : Respiratory Research. 18, 1, 11 p., 95.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Kaye Morgan (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Researcher Accelerator Program

Kaye Morgan (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences 2017

Kaye Morgan (Recipient), 28 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Spring-8 User Community Young Scientist Award

Kaye Morgan (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2017

  • 1 Committees and working groups
  • 1 External research organisation, centre or institute
  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

WHF Talbot Award Committee Member

Kaye Morgan (Fellow)
2017 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Australian Synchrotron (External organisation)

Kaye Morgan (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Scientific Reports (Journal)

Kaye Morgan (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Hans Fischer Fellowship

Kaye Morgan (Fellow)
1 Feb 20151 Feb 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute