The Applied Optics Group collaborates with a wide range of organisations locally and internationally, and working together we have translated technology from our Canterbury laboratories to several research institutes, hospitals and universities in the UK and abroad. Instrumentation for high-resolution optical imaging of patients and in-vitro tissue has been developed for areas including the retina, cornea, larynx, skin, basal cell carcinoma of eye lids, the tympanic membrane, neuronal tissue, drosophila embryos, dental constructs, abfraction, attrition, and for non-medical applications such as art conservation.

On-going Collaborations

University of Kent 

Dr. Gurprit Lall, Lecturer in Pharmacology / Neurophysiology, Medway School of Pharmacy – Co-supervisor of PhD student, Philip Broadbridge (Optical coherence tomograohy of brain rat tissue) and Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Dr. Peter Lee, Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, School of Electronics and Digital Arts  – 
Cosupervisor of PhD student Steven Moser (LRT wavefront sensor) and supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Dr. Gary Robinson,
Senior Lecturer in Microbial Biotechnology/Technology Transfer Manager,
School of Biosciences – 
Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Fred Barnes, Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Ali Hojjatoleslami, former lecturer in the School of Biosciences and honorary lecturer in the School of Computing

University Innovation Centre

Dr. Boris Gorbunov, Technical leader, Naneum Ltd and Visiting Professor in the School of Physical Sciences. Co-supervisor of PhD student Brian Steer (measurement of nanoparticles).

UK collaborators

Professor Philip J Luther
, Professor of Pathology, Head of Division of Pathology. Director, Institute of Ophthalmology, London – Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Professor Ted Garway-Heath, UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences – Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Ranj Ranjendran, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London and Moorfieds Eye Hospital, London. – Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Mr. Taran Tatla, Jingyin Y Pang, Y. Y. Zhang, Consultants ENT Surgeon at Northwick Park, St Mark’s and Central Middlesex Hospitals – Consultant ENT Surgeon at Mount Vernon Hospital, Supervisor on the European Industrial Doctorate

Mr. Wallace Poon and Mr. David Schuz, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust – 
Co-supervisors of a Kent Health PhD student (imaging the eye), Visiting lecturers in the School of Physical Sciences

Mr. Ejaz Ansari, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS, Trust, Maidstone, Kent – Visiting Professor in the School of Physical Sciences

Mr. Jon B. Schofield, Department of Cellular Pathology, Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, Kent and

Ms. Mona Khwandala, Eye, Ear and Mouth Unit, Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, Kent – Optical coherence tomography of basal cell carcinoma of eye lids.

Prof Guang-Zhong Yang, Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London – OCT and robotics, REBOT Project.

International collaborators

Mr. Sam van der Jeught, Dr. Jan A N Buytaert, Dr. Joris J J Dirckx, Dr. J. R. M. Aerts, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Laboratory of Biomedical Physics, UGroenenborgerlaan Antwerp – Collaboration on imaging the tympanic membrane

Dr. Costel Flueraru, Costel Flueraru, Dr. Shoude Chang, Dr. Youxin Mao, Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada – Collaboration on noise analysis in optical coherence tomography

Dr. Sherif Sherif, University of Manitoba, Canada – Collaboration on noise analysis in optical coherence tomography

Dr. Xiang Zhou, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, Laser and infrared application research institute,

School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an, Shaanxi province  – Collaboration on signal processing for optical imaging

Professor Christopher Dainty, National University of Ireland, Galway  – Collaboration on adaptive optics

Grigori Gelikonov, Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Science and Director of BioMedTech Llc. and Professor Valentin Gelikonov, The Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhny Novgorod , Russia – Collaboration on scanning probes for optical coherence tomography of the larynx

Richard Rosen, Professor of ophthamology, New Your Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chief of Retina Service and Director of Ophthalmology Research in the Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory
Visiting Professor in the School of Physical Sciences – Collaborator on the en-face optical coherence tomography and OCT/SLO projects

Professor Xingde Li, professor of Biomedical Engineering, John Hopkins University, Laboratory of Biophotonics Imaging Technologies, USA – Collaborator on scanning probes for optical coherence tomography for endoscopy

Dr. Carla C. Rosa, University of Porto, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Portugal – Collaboration on optical configurations for optical coherence tomography and noise analysis

Professor Antonio Lobo Ribeiro, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto

Faculty of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Victor Babes, Timisoara, Romania – Collaborators on optical coherence tomography for dentistry

Conf. Dr. Meda Negrutiu, Visiting senior lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences
S.L. Dr. Cosmin Sinescu, Visiting lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences

Dr. Corina Marcauteanu, Collaboration on optical coherence tomography evaluation of abfraction and attrition

Professor M. Rominu, Ms. Enikö Demjan, M Enescu, Miss. Silvana Ganjau, Mrs. L. Goguţă, Mr. C. Ionita, L. Marsavina, Ms. E. Petrescu, Mr. M. Fabriky, Mr. R. Negru, Mr. D. Pop, Mrs. R. Rominu, Ms. Andra Soicu, Mr. F. Topala, Adrian Motoc, Rodica Lighezan, E. Tunde Stoica, L Vasile – Collaboration on optical coherence tomography

Professor Carmen Todea, Dr. Cosmin Balabuc, Laura Filip, Cristina Kerezsi, Mircea Calniceanu – Collaboration on investigation of apical microleakage after laser-assisted endodontoc treatment

Professor Virgil-Florin Duma, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. of Arad, Romania, Dept. of Product Design
Visiting senior research fellow in the School of Physical Sciences

Past Collaborations

University of Kent

Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences – Dr. Phillip Laissue

School of Biosciences – Dr. Jim Bloor and Dr. Lisha Ma

United Kingdom

Institute of Ophthalmology, London

Professor Fred Fitzke, Professor of Visual Optics and Psychophysics Institute of Ophthalmology, London

Professor Francesca Cordeiro, UCL Professor of Retinal Neurodegeneration & Glaucoma Studies

Researchers: Dr. L. Guo, Dr. A.S. Halfyard, Dr. Anke Lohmann, Dr. V. Luong, Dr. P. M. Munro Dr. V.Tsatourian, Dr. T. Morrissey

Guy’s Hospital, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department, London

Professor M. J. Gleeson, Mr. A. G. Bibas, Ms. V. M. M Ward, E. Odell, M. L Harries

Glaucoma Research Unit, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Dr. F. Oddone, Dr. P.G. Schlottmann, Dr. C. S. Sethi, Dr. H.-T.Wong

Hammersmith Hospital, Histopathology Department, ICSTM, London

Professor Gordon W. H. Stamp, S. Shousha, E. M. A. Lalani

The Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey, UK

Dr. Jeffrey Bamber

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, Kent

Miss. C. A. Jones, Mr. B. Dong, Mr. J. Keller, Mr. M. Sira, Miss. C. Wilson,

Northwick Park Hospital, Department of Cellular Pathology, London

Dr. P. J. Tadrous

Northwick Park Hospital London

Miss. Jingyin Y Pang, Mr. Y. Y. Zhang, Consultants ENT Surgeons
University of Liverpool, Cariology Group, Department of Clinical Dental Sciences, UK

Professor Susan M. Higham, Dr. G. Komarov

Medical Laser Institute, Lasers for Life, Liverpool

Dr. Christopher D. Russell

University of Liverpool, Division of Clinical Engineering, UK

Dr. Konstantinos Kosmidis, Dr. Richard A. Black
Pfizer, Sandwich

Professor Bill Wennart, Head of Molecular Medicine

The National Gallery, London

Dr. Marika Spring

The British Museum, London

Dr. David Saunders

Nottingham Trent University

School of Biomedical and Natural Sciences, Dr. Haida Liang,

School of Sciences, Dr. A. Patterson, Dr. D. P. Crabb


Ophthalmic Technology Inc., Toronto, Canada

Mr. Rishard Weitz, CEO, Dr. S. Dunne, Dr. J. Pedro, Dr. M. Hathaway, Mr. A. Boxer

Imagine Eyes, Paris, France

Dr. Nicolas Chateau, CEO and Cofounder of Imagine Eyes

Dr. Fabrice Harms, Dr. Xavier Levecq

Laboratoire de Traitement et Transport de l’information, Institut Galilee, University Paris 13, France

Dr. Henri-Francois Raynaud, Dr. Caroline Kulcsar

University of Franche-Comté, Optics, France

Dr. Bruno Wacogne, Dr. C. Pieralli, Dr. T. Gharbi, Dr. Ph. Humbert

Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Andreas Henkel, Carsten Sönnichsen

Asahikawa Medical College, Department of Ophthalmology, Asahikawa, Japan

A.Yoshida, S.Ishiko, Y.Kato, A.Takamiya

Academic Medical Centre, Department of Ophthalmology, The Netherlands

Professor M. D. de Smet, Dr. M. E. van Velthoven, Dr. F. D. Verbraak

University of Minho, Braga, Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences, Portugal

J. Castanheira, L. Ferreira, M. Ferreira, I.l Palmeirim

Multiwave Photonics, Porto, Portugal

Dr. Jose Salcedo, CEO

Superlum Ltd, Moscow Russia

Dr. Vladimir Shidlovski

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Professor J. B. Walsh, D. Costa, P.T. Finger, Y. Fisher, P. Garcia, R.C. Gentile, S. Huang, Th.O. Muldoon, D.A. Orlock J. Nieto J. L. Rosenthal, J. Slakter, R. Spaide, D. V. Will

University of Central Florida, School of Optics, CREOL, Florida USA

Professor Aristide Dogariu

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, Cariology Group, Department of Community Dentistry, San

Antonio, Texas USA

Dr. Ben Amaechi

Sensors Unlimited, USA

Doug Malchow