The Optical Manipulation Group specialises in optical physics and biophysics.  Our research focuses on:

  • exotic and structured light fields
  • optical tweezers and levitated optomechanics
  • novel bioimaging methods
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • speckle metrology
  • computational imaging schemes for biomedicine

The group is headed by Kishan Dholakia, and consists of an international mixture of multi-disciplinary research staff and PhD students.

We are based in the School of Physics & Astronomy, and part of the Centre of Biophotonics and the Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis. Our work has generated several commercial projects, such as the Elliot Scientific Optical Tweezer range and the M-Squared Aurora microscope. Our research is presently funded by a number of sources, including the UK EPSRC, the European Union Framework 7 programme and the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.

We are always delighted to hear from potential new postdoctoral staff, postgraduate students and summer interns – please contact Prof Kishan Dholakia or Dr Graham Bruce with informal enquiries. Open PhD projects can be found here.