Research projects

We carry out a number of research projects with both internal and external funding. Details of some of our major projects are below. You can also browse through our Archived research projects

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

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

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.

Endoscopic and needle microscopes – A project to develop ultra-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 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.