Members of the research group

 

Prof Martin Booth

Professor of Engineering Science and Head of Group

Martin's research involves the theory and practice of dynamic optics for high-resolution optical systems. In particular, he has introduced adaptive optics for the compensation of aberrations in microscopes with application to the imaging of thick tissue in biological microscopy. He has also developed active optical methods for high precision laser nano-fabrication particularly for the manufacture of photonic devices. A major current focus is the development of optical methods for neuroscientific research.

Contact information and a brief CV can be found here.

 

Dr Patrick Salter

EPSRC Research Fellow

Patrick is developing dynamic optical techniques for high-speed precision laser fabrication.  Specifically, this involves the implementation of aberration correction for focusing deep into materials and the parallelisation of the laser writing process. Read more here.


Dr Syed Asad Hussain

Research Manager

Asad is a Research Manager in the group. He has a vast experience in developing lasers and using them for different applications. His current research interest includes shaping ultrashort pulses for microscopy and surgery.

Dr Jacopo Antonello

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Jacopo received his PhD on Optimisation-based Sensorless Adaptive Optics for Microscopy from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.  He is currently working on the theory and implementation of adaptive optics for super-resolution microscopes.

Dr Jun Guan

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Jun is developing new adaptive optical laser machining systems for fabrication of photonic devices, including three-dimensional waveguide circuits.  His project is part of the NQIT Quantum Technology Hub based in Oxford.

Dr Karen Hampson

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Karen's research experience is in adaptive optics and has worked previously in applications for ophthalmic imaging. Her current research involves the development and application of novel adaptive methods for microscopes and telescopes.

Dr Mick Phillips

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Mick is based jointly in this research group and in the Micron Oxford centre in Biochemistry. His work is part of an international consortium developing the next generation of super-resolution microscopes.

Dr Carlas Smith

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Carlas has worked extensively on methods and applications of single molecule localisation microscopy, whilst completing his PhD at TU Delft and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is developing these ideas further in his current research in conjunction with the groups of Prof Scott Waddell and Prof Ilan Davis. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College.

Dr Raphael Turcotte

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Raphael is based jointly in this group and with Prof. Nigel Emptage in the Department of Pharmacology.  His research concerns the development of novel adaptive imaging techniques for applications in neuroscience.

Dr Matthew Wincott

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Matthew has research experience in optics, materials science and photovoltaics. He is now developing new inexpensive microscope technology for biological research and education in a collaborative project with University researchers in the Department of Biochemistry.

Dr Jingyu Wang

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Jingyu has worked extensively in the development of optical imaging systems, particularly in optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics. His research projects cover the development of adaptive optics for high resolution and super resolution microscopy.

Dr Ravi Shivaraman

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

I received my Ph.D. in Materials at University of California – Santa Barbara where I investigated the optical properties of Gallium-Nitride based devices. Subsequent post-doctoral work at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, involved the development of tomographic electron microscopy technique assisted by femtosecond laser ablation. My research at University of Oxford will focus on engineering materials properties using the femtosecond laser, with a current focus on surface structuring of diamond.

Dr Chris Chong

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Chris Chong is a postdoc working on developing multicolour STED microscopy system with adaptive optics and new brain imaging techniques. Prior to this, he worked at King’s College London on developing multiuser multiphoton FLIM microscope and also, at several multi-national companies on optical instrumentation development and semiconductor testing.

Dr Richard Lane

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Richard is working on new adaptive optics techniques for high resolution microscopy. Previously he has worked extensively with ultrafast pulse shaping, optical nano-antennas, and single molecule spectroscopy at ICFO Barcelona and the University of Manchester.

Dr Ruisheng Lin

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Ruisheng received his PhD in Physical Optics and Photonics at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated and developed holographic and 3D display technology. He then joined the University of Exeter as a research fellow in Biophysics, working on the development and applications of super resolution microscopy. Currently he is a research scientist at the University of Oxford and his research focuses on the development of adaptive optics for biological microscopy including confocal, multiphoton and super resolution imaging.

Marta Krueger

Doctoral Research Student

Marta has joined the group in 2019 with a background in Diamond Science and Technology. Her current research focuses on laser processing inside the diamond and development of new sensing devices. 

Danail Stoychev

Doctoral Research Student

Danny is a student on the Interdisciplinary Bioscience doctoral training programme. Starting in 2019, he is based jointly at Ilan Davis lab in the Biochemistry department. He is working on adding adaptive optics to a spinning-disk confocal microscope system, developed by his industrial partner -- Aurox.

Yuanyuan Dai

Doctoral Research Student

Yuanyuan research concerns the application and control of adaptive optical elements in optical systems for microscopy and imaging systems. She has a particular interest in polarisation control.  She joined the group in 2016.

John O'Neill

Doctoral Research Student

John is based jointly in the Soft Matter Photonics Group and the Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group and is working on research with the company Merck. His project is on direct laser writing of 3D polymeric materials in liquid crystal devices, looking towards applications in photonics.

Aurelien Barbotin

Doctoral Research Student

Aurelien joined as a student in the Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging Doctoral Training Centre in 2016, before joining the group in 2017.  His research involves the development of super-resolution microscopes for imaging in thick tissue specimens.

Benjamin Griffiths

Doctoral Research Student

Ben started in 2017 based jointly between the group and the Photonic Nanomaterials Group in the Department of Materials.  He is undertaking research into the science and application of laser written colour centres in diamond.

Nicholas Hall

Doctoral Research Student

Nick joined as a student in the Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging Doctoral Training Centre in 2016, before starting his doctoral research in 2017.  He is based jointly in the group and in the Micron Oxford centre in Biochemistry. His research involves the development of super-resolution microscopes for imaging in thick tissue specimens.

Qi Hu

Doctoral Research Student

Qi started her doctoral study in 2017 and is undertaking research in new methods for adaptive optics in high resolution volumetric microscopy.  She previous carried out undergraduate projects in the group on polarisation modulation and volume holography.

Chao He

Doctoral Research Student

Chao's research is in the area of adaptive optics for high resolution biological microscopy.  He previously worked on a range of projects developing microscope technology.

Jiahe Cui

Doctoral Research Student

Jiahe joined the group in 2018 and has a special interest in clinical applications of adaptive optics. Her current research involves developing new generation microscopes for tissue analysis during surgery.

Andrew Kirkpatrick

Doctoral Research Student

Andrew has a background in Condensed Matter physics from the University of London and the University of Warwick. Working jointly with Prof. Jason Smith at the Department of Materials, he is developing the ultra-fast laser writing technique for the generation of colour centres within diamond.

Donovan Tripp

4th year project student

Donovan is an undergraduate working on his fourth year project. He is investigating stress fields produced in diamond by laser-written features.

Saad Rana

4th year project student

Saad Rana is a 4th year project student working on the sensor for microscopy.

Recent members 

Thomas Will 

Thomas was a visiting Masters student from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). He worked on  laser machining systems to improve the fabrication process of femtosecond laser written quantum circuits.

Debayan Saha

Deb was a visiting student in this group and is based out of Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany where he is pursuing his PhD in Physics.

Dr Mantas Zurauskas

Mantas left the group in 2019 and was working on sensorless adaptive optics.

Dr Quintin Davis

Quintin was a post doctoral research in the group. He worked on development of microscope as well as mathematical treatment of images.

Dr Debora Andrade

Debora was a post doctoral research assistant in the group working on super-resolution microscopy, in collaboration with Cambridge and Yale Universities.

Dr Bei Li

Bei was a senior research associate in the group working on a range of microscope technology projects.  He left in 2017 to become a group leader in the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China.

Xiang Liu

Xiang was a doctoral research student in the group working on microscope applications in laser writing of materials.

Dr Bing Dong

Bing is a faculty member from the School of Optoelectronics at the Beijing Institute of Technology. During his research visit to Oxford he applied his expertise in adaptive optics and wavefront sensing to applications in microscopy.

Dr Weibo Wang

Weibo is a Lecturer based at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and spent a research sabbatical at Oxford. His research experience is in optical measurement systems and he worked on new techniques for microscopic measurement.

Arnaud Courvoisier

Arnaud undertook a placement in Oxford for his Masters degree at the Institute d'Optique in Paris. He worked on the development of laser written waveguides in diamond.

Dr Bangshan Sun

Bangshan investigated advanced adaptive optical methods for the fabrication and characterisation of novel photonics structures in diamond. He graduated with a DPhil in January 2016 and undertook a placement on secondment as a research assistant at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Dr Brian Patton

Brian was a post doctoral researcher and then a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the group, based in the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.  He moved to take up a lectureship in Strathclyde University in 2016.

Dr Leilei Huang

Leilei was a doctoral student working on the fabrication and characterisation of new laser written waveguide devices for applications in communications and quantum optics.  She was also a member of the Optical Communications research group. She graduated in January 2016.

Piotr Zdankowski

Piotr was a visiting student on secondment from the University of Dundee. His project involved the implementation of adaptive optical stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopes. 

Dr Iris Choi

Iris was a post-doc in the group working with research groups and industrial partners to realise the potential of technologies developed by the photonics communities in the University of Oxford. She then took up a post as technology associate in the NQIT quantum technology hub.

Robert Vrees

Robert was a visiting student who completed a six month research placement during 2014. His research, which formed part of his Master's degree at Delft University of Technology, involved the application of Control Engineering techniques to improve the performance of super-resolution microscopes.

Dr Maria Frade Rodriguez

Maria received her PhD in optics from the University of Oviedo, Spain and first joined the Dynamic Optics Group on a research placement.  She was working on super-resolution nanoscopy in cooperation with researchers in the CNCB, Biochemistry and the Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Dr Fiona Kenny

Fiona was post doctoral researcher involved in the development of dynamic optical methods for opto-genetic control and imaging of neural activity in Drosophila fruit flies. She was working in collaboration with biological researchers to apply the new technology to neuroscientific problems.

Thomas Choi

Thomas was a Masters student in the group. His project involved the development of optical methods for photo-activation and imaging in optogenetic applications.

Azmeen Rahman

Azmeen's recent thesis covered investigating the use of direct wave front sensing for application in high-resolution scanning laser microscopes.

Dr Richard Simmonds

Richard's doctoral work involves the development of novel techniques for adaptive optical microscopy and laser fabrication. He graduated in November 2012.

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