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Funded research projects

We carry out research projects supported by a range of external funding sources. Details of some of our current and recent major projects are below. You can also browse through our Archived research projects

VIPER – Sensorised Micro-Surgical Robot for Safe Regenerative Retinal Therapy Delivery – A collaboration with Kings College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital to develop robotic surgery for the retina.

NextGBNext Generation Biopsy – Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award to develop a high-resolution OCT instrument for imaging Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC).

5DHiResE 5-Dimensional High-Resolution non-invasive assessment of mammalian Embryos, a collaboration with Prof Darren Griffin’s lab in the School of Biosciences, University of Kent, funded by a  BBSRC grant, to develop multi-dimensional imaging systems to assess the viability of mammalian embryos.

NETLAS – A Marie Curie Doctoral Training School for NExt generation of Tunable LASers for optical coherence tomography.

REBOT – Robotic endobronchial optical tomography, a collaboration with Imperial College London, funded by a joint EPSRC grant, to develop robot-guided, high-resolution bronchoscopic imaging for the lung.

AdaSmartRes – Adapter for a commercial grade camera or a smartphone to perform depth-resolved imaging, an ERC Proof of Concept grant awarded to Prof. Adrian Podoleanu.

Ultrathin fluorescence microscope in a needle – A project to develop thin fluorescence microscopes for medical diagnostics, supported by an EPSRC grant awarded to Dr Michael Hughes and a University of Kent Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship

OCT/Raman device for non-invasive investigation and diagnosis of glue ear – A proof of concept project supported by the EPSRC Network+ for Image Guided Therapies, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham to combine OCT and Raman measurements for the ear.

OCT for endoscopic laryngeal cancer screening – An NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) funded project to develop handheld and endoscopic OCT imaging systems for diagnosing Laryngeal cancer.

UBAPHODESA – A European Industrial Doctorate funded by the EU, in collaboration with NKT Photonics and other associate partners. We are investigating the potential of supercontinuum light sources in medical imaging technology, particularly for optical coherence tomography and photoacoustic microscopy. Project Website (External Link)

Combined time domain and spectral domain coherence gating for imaging and biosensing – An ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Adrian Podoleanu between 2010 and 2015.