Prof. David Sampson, Director of the AMMRF at the University of Western Australia (UWA) was recently elected a fellow of the prestigious Optical Society of America (OSA). This was in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the development and applications of waveguide optics for in-situ biomedical imaging. This announcement coincides with the OSA’s annual publication of the Best of the Best global research in optics for the year. Research by Prof. Sampson’s team was featured in the publication and a related video as one of the top three research articles. The research described the development and application of a microscope being put inside a standard hypodermic needle to enable 3-D scanning of tissue in-situ. This will be useful in diagnostics, research and surgery.