Dr Martin Booth receives prestigious SAOT Young Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr Martin Booth, EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow of the Department of Engineering Science, who has won this year’s prestigious Young Researcher Award of the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technology (SAOT) , for his pioneering contributions in adaptive optics for microscopy and photonic engineering.

Dr Martin Booth receiving SAOT Young Researcher Award
The SAOT Young Researcher award ceremony. From left to right: Coordinator of SAOT Professor Leipertz, Laureate Dr. Booth, President of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Professor Grüske
The Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies is awarded annually to an outstanding young scientist with a proven record in optics, photonics and optical technologies. This Award is connected with prize money of 100,000 euros to be spent in close collaboration with SAOT scientists.

In addition to the 100,000 euros award, Dr Booth will also have status of professor for four years with SAOT. During this time he will be running research projects and contributing to their teaching in Germany.

Dr Booth is a graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (Hertford, 1997), gained his DPhil from the Department in 2001 for his research applying adaptive optics to microscopes, and today is College Lecturer at Lincoln College, and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Dr Booth said: “The SAOT Award will enable me to set up a joint research project on photonic technologies, primarily to develop and apply new techniques for adaptive laser fabrication. There are applications of this technology in various areas of physics, chemistry and biology.  I will also investigate further collaborations with other groups”.

To date Dr Booth has developed a variety of high resolution microscope imaging techniques for biological applications. His work also includes analysis of aberrations and the application of adaptive optics to microscopy, data storage, optical manipulation and laser fabrication technologies.

He has recently set up part of his research group in the University of Oxford’s new Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB) in order to develop new optical techniques for the investigation of the structure and function of neural circuits in fruit flies.  Dr Booth said “The CNCB provides an excellent interdisciplinary environment, where the development of new optical systems will immediately support advances in neuroscience”.

Optics is one of the key technologies of the 21st century. The SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies is open to young researchers with a proven record in optics, photonics and optical technologies. Research may be conducted in fundamental or applied optics, addressing research topics in physics, engineering or medicine. This Award is open to those under the age of 40 and is funded by the German Government.