Prof. Tony WilsonProf Tony Wilson

Professor of Engineering Science

Tony has been pursuing research into microscopy, imaging and applied optics for over twenty years. His interests are in the theory and implementation of scanning optical microscopes and, in particular, the development of confocal microscopes. This has led to the publication of three books and well over two hundred and fifty papers. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and General Editor of the Journal of Microscopy. He is Professor of Engineering Science and a Fellow of Hertford College.

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Dr Martin BoothDr Martin Booth

Senior Research Fellow

Martin's interests lie in the application of advanced optical techniques to sub-micron scale imaging and engineering. See the Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group website.



Dr. Rimas JuškaitisDr Rimas Juškaitis

Research Lecturer

Rimas began working in the field of confocal microscopy in 1989 and has been with the Oxford group since 1991. Over this time he has worked on diverse topics, ranging from polarization microscopy to high-NA optics characterization. Rimas has developed a number of new techniques for confocal microscopy, such as fibre optics, laser feedback and structured light illumination. He is now Managing Director of Aurox Ltd.



Dr. Douglas HamiltonDr Douglas Hamilton

Head of Teaching and Design Support Group

Douglas played a major part in the development of scanning optical microscopy in Oxford. His research interests include scanning optical microscopy, radio frequency electronics and low noise analogue electronics. Douglas is a Fellow of Oriel College.



Alex CorbettDr Alex Corbett

Research Fellow

Alex joined the group in 2010. He extended methods from optical metrology and applied them to the human eye to receive a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. This was followed by four years in the displays industry developing Holographic Laser Projection for handheld interactive displays. Alex is currently developing remote focussing technology for applications in biomedical imaging. Interests include Fourier optics, holography, lasers, coherent image formation, image processing and medical technology.

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Simon TuohyDr Simon Tuohy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Simon joined the group in 2010, having previously completed a PhD at the University of Kent. He is working on the EU Framework 7 funded project CAMINEMS developing fluorescence microscopes for microfluidic cancer diagnostic systems.

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Patrick SalterDr Patrick Salter

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Patrick is researching active and adaptive optical techniques for three-dimensional optical fabrication. This EPSRC funded project will develop new methods for rapid parallel fabrication of photonic devices, such as photonic crystals and waveguides. Patrick obtained his doctorate in 2010 from the Liquid Crystals group at Oxford.

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Recent Members

Mr Richard Simmonds

Research Student

Richard started research in the group in 2008 after graduating from this department. He is investigating methods for adaptive optics in microscopy and photonic engineering. He is a member of Lincoln College.


Mr Azmeen Rahman

Research student

Azmeen started research in the group in 2008 after graduating from Brunel University. He is investigating methods for adaptive optics in microscopy and photonic engineering. He is a member of Jesus College.


Dr Jian Liu

Visiting researcher

Jian is a visiting postdoctoral researcher and associate professor from the Center of Ultra-precision Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China. His current investigation is ultrahigh-resolution imaging methods for reflection microscopy, especially for micro and sub-micron scale profile measurement.

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Mr Tao Liu

Visiting student

Tao is a PhD student from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China, visiting the group during the academic year 2010/2011. He is mainly studying superresolution confocal scanning microscopy, supervised by Tony Wilson. His research interests also touch on the pupil filter engineering and structured illumination microscopy.

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Dr Edward Botcherby

Ed began studying for a D.Phil. in the group before becoming a research fellow. Specifically he investigated the use of extended depth of focus and remote focussing methods in microscopy.

Dr. Anisha Kubasik-Thayil

Anisha was postdoctoral researcher from 2008 until 2010. She worked on the use of adaptive optics for harmonic generation microscopy and its applications in developmental biology.

Dr Christopher Smith

Chris was a postdoctoral researcher in the group from 2009 to 2010 after completing his DPhil in the field of computational fluid dynamics. He worked on the development of a multiphoton microscope using fast axial refocusing for applications in neuroscience and cardiology.

Mr Lionel Fafchamps

Lionel was a research assistant on the EU Framework 7 funded project CAMINEMS developing fluorescence microscopes for microfluidic cancer diagnostic systems. Specifically, he developed image acquisition and processing methods for spinning disk based optically sectioning microscopes.

Dr Alexander Jesacher

Alexander was a visiting research fellow in the microscopy group from 2008 until 2009. He worked in development of adaptive optics for microscopy and photonic engineering. He is currently based in the Innsbruck Medical University, Austria.

Mr Emiliano Ronzitti

Emiliano was a visiting PhD student from Laborotary of Advanced Microscopy Bioimaging Spectroscopy (LAMBS), University of Genoa, Italy. He was investigating structured illumination methods for fluorescence and reflection microscopy.

Dr Kate Grieve

Kate was a postdoctoral research assistant in the group from 2007-2009. She worked on a BBSRC funded project developing adaptive optics for harmonic generation microscopes.

Ms Biru Wang

Biru was a visiting PhD student from the Beijing Institute of Technology, China, from 2008 to 2009. Her work involved the development of miniature adaptive optics systems for microscopy.

Dr Delphine Debarre

Delphine was a visiting postdoctoral researcher from 2006 to 2008 working on wavefront sensorless adaptive optics for microscopy. She then took up a postion in the Laboratory for Optics and Biosciences at the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.

Dr Michael Schwertner

Michael completed his DPhil in the group in 2006 on the subject of aberrations and adaptive optics for biomedical microscopy. He subsequently went to work in the microscopy industry.