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Dynamic Optics and Photonics

Postdoctoral researchers


Dr Syed Asad Hussain

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. Read more.

Dr Jacopo Antonello

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 Karen Hampson

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. Read more.

Dr Matthew Wincott

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

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

Ravi received his Ph.D. in Materials at University of California – Santa Barbara where he 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. His research in the group focusses on engineering materials properties using the femtosecond laser, with a current focus on surface structuring of diamond.

Dr Richard Lane

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 Chao He

Chao's research is in the area of adaptive optics for high resolution biological microscopy with specialisation in polarimetric imaging.  He previously worked on a range of projects developing microscope technology. He graduated with his DPhil from the group in 2020.

Dr Martin Hailstone

Martin’s research looks at machine learning approaches for aberration correction using adaptive optics. Previously he worked on understanding Drosophila brain development using live imaging and machine learning image analysis tools in the Ilan Davis group at Oxford.

Dr Biswajit Pathak 

Biswajit Pathak is a postdoc working on design and implementation of a novel adaptive optics based imaging system for neuroscience applications. Prior to this, he worked as a postdoc in the Perception Lab (Oxford) which involved development of a programmable aperture based imaging system in an AOSLO. Biswajit received his PhD from IIT Guwahati, India where he developed a programmable zonal wavefront sensor. Read more.

Dr Alexander Pakpour-Tabrizi 

Alex is working on understanding the materials produced by direct laser writing in semiconductors and using that insight to design and build novel electronic devices. Previously he has used synchrotron based experiments (Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy) to inform device design while developing cleanroom processes to fabricate nano and micro scale devices in diamond. These devices have applications in power electronics, sensors as well as classical and quantum computation.

Dr Bangshan Sun

Bangshan’s current research is applying advanced adaptive optics laser microfabrication to applications such as quantum physics, electronic-photonic circuits, topological photonics, advanced nano-materials and microscopic imaging. Most recent research is 3D low-loss waveguide arrays for quantum & optical computing, topological photonics. Bangshan completed his DPhil in the group in 2015 and returned to the group in 2020. Read more here.

Dr Mohan Wang

Mohan was a awarded a PhD from University of Pittsburgh for her thesis "Femtosecond Laser Fabrication of Photonic Devices on Transparent Platforms". She is currently researching new laser micro-fabrication techniques for optical fibre sensors capable of withstanding extreme environments.

Research students


John Sandford O'Neill

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.

Benjamin Griffiths

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.

Qi Hu

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

Jiahe Cui

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

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 adaptive ultra-fast laser writing techniques for the generation of colour centres within diamond.

Marta Krueger

Marta 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

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 Ltd.

Atchutananda Surampudi

Atchut is a D.Phil. student working on the development of new thin film liquid crystal technologies. He is working in the supervision of Professor Martin Booth and is co-supervised by Professor Stephen Morris from the Soft Matter Photonics Group. He obtained his Master of Science (by research) degree from the department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2019.

Isobel Patterson

Isobel joined the group in 2020. Her research involves the use of subwavelength structures in the photoacoustic effect.

Zhi Kai Pong

Zhi Kai joined the group in 2020. His current research involves applying adaptive optics to direct laser writing inside glass, with a focus on fabricating optical devices for quantum applications.

Yuyao Xiao

Yuyao is working with group since 2020. She is working on application of adaptive optics for multiphoton microscopy in brain imaging.

Zipei Song

Zipei is researching liquid crystal filled optical fibre sensors and is based jointly with the Soft Matter Photonics Group. He has a BEng from University College, London and an MSc from Imperial College, London.