Current Members

Staff members

 Barry Cense Prof. Barry Cense
Deputy Director
+61 8 6488

Barry joins OBEL in January 2018 as Deputy Director.
Barry Cense studied Applied Physics at the Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven (1995). He holds a PhD degree from Twente University, the Netherlands (2005). His research has brought him from the Netherlands (Philips Corporate Research), to the USA (Massachusetts General Hospital, Indiana University), Japan (Utsunomiya University) to Australia (University of Western Australia). His research interests include imaging of the human retina with ultra-high resolution polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics, retinal tracking and retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Peijun_Gong_PhotoDr. Peijun Gong
Research Associate
+61 8 6488 7253

Peijun joined OBEL as a PhD student in November 2010 and is currently completing his study. He received his BS degree in electronic science and technology from Shandong University in 2009. His current research interests include the application of optical coherence tomography to disease assessment, with a focus on assessing microvasculature, tissue birefringence and optical attenuation.

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Michael Jona Hackmann 
Research Associate
+61 8 6488 2317

Michael joined OBEL as a Research Associate in June 2018. He received his BSc and MSc degree in Physics from the University of Münster (Germany) in 2013 and 2016, and a MSc in Advanced Physics from the University of Seville (Spain) in 2016.

Michael is interested in applications of polarization-sensitive OCT to study airway tissue remodeling due to Asthma. His activities include design, modeling and fabrication of all-fiber probes with tailored focal dimensions
and their application in endoscopic imaging.

In his spare time he enjoys surfing and teaching kids to surf, and reading
books (favourite: Cosmic Banditos by Allan Weisbecker).


Qingyun Li
PhD studentqingyun

+61 8 6488 3813

Qingyun Li joined OBEL as a PhD student in 2015. He’s interested in building various functional OCT systems.His current research includes the combination of polarisation sensitive OCT and angiographic OCT, ultra-high resolution imaging, etc.

Qingyun received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Gavrielle UntrachtGavrielle_Untracht_profile
PhD student

Gavrielle joined OBEL as a PhD student in the summer of 2016. She is interested in developing novel imaging technologies which exploit properties of light-tissue interactions to provide label-free contrast for clinical imaging. She is currently working on needle-based functional OCT and fluorescence imaging systems to observe changes in tissue properties with the onset of disease. Previously, Gavrielle graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree in engineering and an MS degree in applied and engineering physics, where she studied novel methods of actuation and alternative imaging configurations for OCT-based elastography.

Hadi Afsharan hadi
PhD student

Hadi joined OBEL as a PhD student in February 2019. He is working on polarization sensitive OCT and AO-OCT and their application in retinal imaging.
Hadi previously studied physics at University of Tabriz as his BS and received his master of science degree in Photonics from Iran University of Science and Technology. His work was focused on cancer detection using highly sensitive methods. He also worked as a research assistant at Immunology Research Center of the Tabriz University of medical sciences from 2016 to 2018.