Visitors to Science Adventure at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Saturday 2nd June enjoyed activities demonstrating light, microscopes, and optical trapping at our Seeing Life through a New Light event, as part of Fife Science Festival 2018.
Our recent publication “Light-sheet microscopy with attenuation-compensated propagation-invariant beams” has been highlighted in The Conversation.
Dr Jonathan Nylk, the lead author of the study, was invited to write the article which gives an overview of light-sheet microscopy and an introduction the use of structured photonics in this area.
Read the article in The conversation.
Read the full research article in Science Advances.
Congratulations to group member Adrià Escobet-Montalbán, whose TRAFIX project on imaging deeper within turbid media has been shortlisted for Scotland’s largest entrepeneurship award, the Converge Challenge.
Adrià’s work enables images to be acquired from deep within turbid specimens such as brain tissue and could have a major impact on neuroscience studies of alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and cancer. The new technique could be suitable for clinical use as well as basic research.
Read our pre-print on TRAFIX here.
Read more about the Converge Challenge here.
Our recent publication, “Towards automated cancer screening: Label-free classification of fixed cell samples using wavelength modulated Raman spectroscopy” from Journal of Biophotonics, has been featured in Advanced Science News.
The article states “The introduction of national screening programs to detect (pre-)cancerous processes, such as the Papanicoloau (‘Pap’) test and mammogram, have achieved considerable success and are estimated to prevent, for example, 4,500 and 1,300 deaths in the UK every year from cervical and breast cancer, respectively.”
These programs require a great deal of investment and have limited quantitative accuracy. The article identifies our method as one “with the potential to deliver a broader scope and automated classification”.
Read the full article here.
Read the original research article here.
Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, School of Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife, is the 2018 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his work in optical beam shaping using dynamic and static diffractive optics. This work has led to paradigm shifts in manipulation, nano-surgery and imaging and has enabled new routes for the understanding of holographic light fields for a range of applications.
Read more about the award on the SPIE page.
We are hiring! As part of our #shapedphotonics Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Programme Grant (Resonant and shaped photonics for understanding the physical and biomedical worlds), we have four research fellow vacancies in photonics, to be held in School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, University of St Andrews. Closing date for all posts is 24th November. See www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk for more details, using the reference numbers:
AR1378SB Light-sheet imaging
AR2001SB Optical manipulation for applications in optomechanics and biology
AR2002SB+AR2003SB Raman spectroscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography or Light-sheet imaging for biological applications.
Applications for these positions have now closed.
Our recent paper in Journal of Biophotonics, Depth-resolved multimodal imaging: wavelength modulated spatially offset Raman spectroscopy with optical coherence tomography, is the Feature of the Week in OCT News.
Check out the full article here.
Congratulations to Dr Naomi McReynolds on the successful defence of her PhD thesis. Her thesis is titled “Advances multimodal methods in biomedicine: Raman spectroscopy and digital holographic microscopy”.
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Over 900 visitors at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester on Saturday 15th July enjoyed activities including the “Orange juice challenge”, making pin-hole cameras, performing pepper-oscopies, and learning about light, microscopes, displays, and optical trapping at our Seeing Life through a New Light event.