Past Members and Visitors

Georgiy Tkachenko

Georgiy Tkachenko obtained his MSc in Lasers and Optoelectronic Techniques form the Kharkiv  National University of Radioelectronics (Ukraine) in 2007. He carried out his PhD studies at the same university working on tunable optical filters based on porous silicon multilayer films infiltrated with nematic liquid crystals. The degree in Optics and Laser Physics was granted to him in 2012. While working at the University of Bordeaux (France), he has realized a series of quantitative experimental studies on optical radiation forces controlled by the interplay between the chirality of matter and the chirality of optical fields. Georgiy joined the group in September 2014 as a research fellow working on optical trapping and rotation of microscopic particles in viscous environments. Georgiy left the group in May 2017 to take up a position at

Josep Mas Soler

Josep Mas Soler studied Physics at the University de Barcelona (Catalunya, Spain) where he specialized in Optics and Astronomy (2003-2007), and he later obtained a MSc in Photonics from UPC, UB, UAB, and ICFO (Barcelona, 2008). He joined the Optical Trapping Lab – Grup de Biofotònica at the University of Barcelona for carrying out his PhD studies in the field of holographic optical tweezers and force sensing in living cells, under the supervision of Estela Martín-Badosa and Mario Montes-Usategui. He also spent part of his PhD at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen) working on optical trap calibration in viscoelastic biological media. Josep joined the group in 2013 as research fellow on biophotonics, and he is working on wavefront shaping for optical imaging. Josep left the group in April 2017.

Kaley McCluskey

Kaley McCluskey received her BSc in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) in 2010 and her MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices from Heriot-Watt University and St. Andrews in 2011.  In her PhD project in the Single-Molecule Biophysics group at St. Andrews (2011-2015), she studied the folding of gene-regulatory RNA structures using hybrid single-molecule fluorescence and optical trapping techniques.  In 2015 she joined the Optical Manipulation group as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on advanced light sheet imaging techniques and biological applications. Kaley left the group in April 2017 to take up a position at Delft University of Technology.

susanskeltonSusan Skelton

Susan Skelton studied at St Andrews University gaining a MPhys degree in physics in 2008. She moved to University College London to study for a PhD and defended her thesis on Applications of cylindrical vector beams to optical micromanipulation in February 2013.  She then moved to Japan to work as a researcher at Osaka University, until September 2014, where she worked in the field of nanophotonics. Susan returned to St Andrews as a Research Fellow in September 2014 and is working on optical trapping studies in vacuum. Susan left the group in December 2016.

romanspesyvtsevRoman Spesyvtsev

Roman Spesyvtsev joined the group as a Research Fellow in 2014. His primary research work is focused on temporal and spatial light shaping and its application to imaging and microscopy. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees, in 2005 and 2007, in Applied Physics from Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine). Subsequently, Roman worked at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany) for two years before joining the Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics group at University College London (UK) where he graduated with a PhD in 2013. After his PhD he continued his research on ultrafast molecular dynamics in the group of Prof Suzuki at Kyoto University (Japan) before coming to St Andrews. Roman left the group in December 2016 to take up a position an University of Strathcylde.

klausmetzgerNikolaus Klaus Metzger

Nikolaus Klaus Metzger received an Engineering degree from the FH Muenchen working on a regenerative fs-amplifier for his thesis. After completing the MSc course in Laser physics at Heriott-Watt University he went on to work in industry for Rofin/Basel Lasertechnik. In 2007 he completed his PhD at St Andrews University looking at the nonlinear dynamics of optically bound matter. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Ultrashort-Pulse Laser Research Group in St Andrews he was working on versatile solid-state laser systems especially those with software-aided controlled laser cavities. Recently he has been holder of a prestigious European Metrology Research Program – Researcher Excellence Grant, developing high power mode-locked laser sources. Currently he is interested in laser stabilization. Klaus left the group in November 2016.

christosboutopoulosChristos Boutopoulos

Christos Boutopoulos joined the group as Marie Curie Research Fellow in 2016. His research is mainly focused to nanoparticle-assisted laser nanosurgery of living cells. He previously spent 3.5 years in total at Polytechnique Montreal, 2 years in the framework of his MC fellowship and 1.5 years as Postdoctoral Fellow, where he studied interactions of ultrashort laser pulses with plasmonic nanoparticles in liquid, including controlled generation of nanobubbles for cell poration. Christos received a BSc in Applied Physics (2005), a MSc in Microsystems and Nanodevices (2008) and a PhD in Applied Physics (2011) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. His research at NTUA focused on laser printing of functional materials for the development of chemical and biological micro-sensors. He also studied applications of laser-induced dynamic micro-jets, including immobilization of biomaterials and wetting transitions on rough substrates. Christos left the group in August 2016.

fatmazohrabioudFatma-Zohra Bioud

Fatma-Zohra Bioud obtained her M.Sc.A from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) in 2010 where she worked on the fabrication and characterization of optical phantoms for optical tomography. She then carried out her PhD at Universite d’Aix-Marseille (France) in collaboration with the European Institute of Nonlinear Spectroscopy-LENS (Italy). She worked on nonlinear microscopy techniques and in particular on polarization resolved four wave mixing to probe molecular order in biological tissues.  She joined the group in September 2014 as a Research Fellow, her research interests are photoporation and advanced microscopy in scattering media. Fatma-Zohra left the group in August 2016.

peeterpiksarvPeeter Piksarv

Peeter Piksarv obtained his BSc and MSc in Physics from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Continiuing his studies in Tartu, he completed his PhD in 2013. His previous works were focused on the spatio-temporal characterization of ultrashort pulses and study of different non-diffracting beams and pulses. He joined the Optical Manipulation Group at St Andrews as a post-doctoral researcher in September 2014 after he was awarded a fellowship from Estonian Research Council to work on developing advanced light sheet microscopy methods. Peeter left the group in August 2016.

miguelpreciadoMiguel A. Preciado

Miguel A. Preciado obtained a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2003 from Universidad de Sevilla, and a PhD in the Photonics Technology department of Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in 2010. He has been workind in industry before the PhD (2003-2005, Madrid, SP) in Technology Consulting and after the PhD (2010-2011, Eindhoven, NL) as Design Engineer of photolitography optical wafer alignment modules in ASML.  He joined Aston Institute of Photonic Technology of Aston University under an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013, Birmingham, UK). His research interest has been lately focused in the study, analysis and design of special Airy-based wave-packets with some added unique properties, such as partial attenuation robustness by local self-amplification, or pre-defined peak amplitude modulation in its propagation path. In the past, he has also worked on the design of high-order optical cavities structures for phase-only filtering applications, and the development and fabrication of novel fiber Bragg grating approaches, particularly focused on the transmissive mode of operation,  for optical signal processing and fiber sensing applications. Miguel left the group in September 2015.

markrossMark Ross

Mark Ross is the supervisor of Electronic Services within the School, the main scope of the role is developing Electronic Instrumentation to assist scientific research. Completed a part-time MPhil degree in Physics in 2008 and is now working with the group on a two day a week basis studying for a PHD in stabilisation techniques of particles within a vaccum.

sayantanghoshSayantan Ghosh

Sayantan Ghosh completed his BSc from Gujarat University in 2007 majoring in Physics, and worked as a research intern for a few years after that at various institutes in India. He obtained his MSc with a cum laude in Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in Feb, 2012. He recently worked at the bioNaP group at IISER-Kolkata before joining the Manipulation group at St Andrews. His research interests are: optical trapping, nano & bio photonics, time-series analysis & complex networks and open quantum systems.

helenrendallHelen Rendall

Helen Rendall graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in Physics with Photonics in 2010. She began her PhD in the Optical Trapping group in October 2010 where her project will look at the manipulation and interrogation of microdroplets using light. Helen recieved her doctorate on “Applications of Microfluidics and Optical Manipulation for Photoporation and Imaging” in June 2015.

clairemitchellClaire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell graduated from the University of Leeds with an integrated Masters in Physics with Astrophysics.  She started her PhD with the Biophotonics group at the University of St Andrews in September 2010. Her project focusses on the photoporation of plant cells and is jointly funded by the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) in Dundee. Claire recieved her doctorate on “Photoporation and Optical Manipulation of Plant and Mamalian Cells” in June 2015.

derekcraigDerek Craig

Derek Craig obtained his MSci in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2009. Following this he then carried out his PhD studies at the Centre for Molecular Nanometrology at the University of Strathclyde. This PhD research was highly multidisciplinary and focused on the design and development of SERS active biofunctionalised nanomaterials to probe biological interactions both in solution and at the cellular interface. In August 2013 Derek joined the group as a post-doctoral research fellow working across the fields of optical trapping and Raman/SERS spectroscopy. Derek left the group in June 2015.

alisonmcdonaldAlison McDonald

Alison McDonald obtained a BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from the University of Strathclyde in 2009.  She then carried out her PhD studies at the Centre for Biophotonics (University of Strathclyde) where she was developing measurement techniques for use in widefield and laser scanning microscopy applications. In October 2012 Alison joined the group as a post-doctoral research fellow working in the field of photoporation. Alison left the group in June 2015.

juanaunongarciaJuan Aunon-Garcia

Juan Aunon-Garcia obtained his BSc in Physics in 2010 from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and he later obtained a MSc in Applied Physics from UCM. Following this he then carried out his PhD studies at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) in the Theory and Simulations department. The main topics of his research were optical forces, statistical optics and scattering of small particles. Juan joined the group in September 2014 as post-doctoral research, where he is working in optical trapping and Raman spectroscopy. Juan left the group in March 2015.

igorandreyevIgor Andreyev

Igor Andreyev obtained his MSc in physics and PhD in physical and mathematical sciences at the Moscow State University. He started his career working on laser design and development in the Special Design Bureau of Estonian Academy of Science, then worked in R&D in semiconductor industry. Igor also followed the postgraduate Master program in laser techniques and technologies and in biotechnology. His recent research in academia were focused at the interdisciplinary interface of physics and biology and included application of atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy for imaging and characterization biological objects at the nanoscale, application of particular biophotonics techniques for optical cell sorting. Last few years Igor worked in R&D in biotech industry in the biophysical company Avacta which started as a Leeds University spin-out and specialise in development of innovative instrumentation platforms and consumables for biopharmaceutical industry and point of care healthcare. His particular interests were micro and optofluidics, bioMEMS, advanced microsystem technologies, dielectrophoresis and biophotonics. Igor joined the Biophotonics group in March 2013 working on novel photonics methods and on biophotonics techniques for biomedical diagnostics and its translation to medicine. Igor left the group in January 2015 to pursue further opportunities.

martinkristensenMartin Verner Gammelgaard Kristensen

Martin Verner Gammelgaard Kristensen received his MSc in Nanoscience in 2010 from Aarhus University, Denmark. He then continued his work in Aarhus where he obtained his PhD in 2013. The main topics of his research were optical trapping, image analysis and biophotonics. Martin joined the group in July 2013 as a post-doctoral research fellow, where he worked in the fields of photoporation and optical trapping. Martin has now joined the group of fellow collaborator Tomas Cizmar at the University of Dundee.

shihongjiangShihong Jiang

Shihong Jiang is a Research Fellow working on the use of disorder for spectroscopy and microscopy. He worked in the Optics Group of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nottingham for a number of years, first working towards his PhD between 2001 and 2005, then as a research fellow between 2007 and 2009. He undertook research in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL from 2010 to 2013. He also has past experiences at Queen Mary, King’s College London and Shanghai University. His research interests are in confocal microscopy, optical superresolution, acousto-optic sensing, speckle techniques.

tomvettenburgTom Vettenburg

Tom Vettenburg  received a master degree in computing science engineering in 2002, and the masters in artificial intelligence degree in 2003, from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Since graduation and until early 2008 he has been working in industry. In 2011 he completed his PhD at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK under supervision of Professor A.R. Harvey. Tom worked as a post doctoral researcher within our group until 2014. He recently secured a Marie Curie Fellowship award which sees him take up a new position in Madrid in Autumn 2014.