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 Bei Li

Senior Research Associate

Bei has experience in the development of optical systems for use in life and physical sciences, including coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy, time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) and light field 3D imaging. He is currently leading a range of microscope instrument development projects for industrial partners and University collaborations.

 

Dr Debora Andrade

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Debora received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute Gottingen, using STED microscopy with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to image plasma membranes. She is currently working on the application of adaptive optics to super-resolution microscopy.

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 Chris Chong

Post-doctoral research engineer

Chris has research experience in microscope technology from both university and commercial contexts. He is working with research groups to develop and deploy novel microscope technologies to partners in the University of Oxford.

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 Matthew Wincott

Post-doctoral Research Engineer

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 Mantas Zurauskas

Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Mantas has experience in the development of optical systems for microscopy and optical coherence tomography. His current research is focused on developing methods to remove the detrimental effects of sample movement on the accuracy of imaging data. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at Campion Hall.

Xiang Liu

Doctoral Research Student

Xiang is working on the development of microscope techniques for the characterisation of three-dimensional laser fabricated devices.

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 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.

 

Recent members 


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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