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OBEL wins SPIE Start-up Challenge business pitch competition

10th Apr 2014

OBEL’s microscope-in-a-needle research recently won the SPIE Start-up Challenge in San Francisco, USA. Run by SPIE, the competition invites researchers to present a 3 minute business pitch of their work. The Competition is held at Photonics West, the world’s largest laser and photonics conference and trade show, with over 20,000 attendees. OBEL was represented by A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin, who beat competition from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Toronto, as well as CEOs of several technology companies. SPIE have …

‘3 Minute Thesis’ win for OBEL PhD student, Kelsey Kennedy

3rd Nov 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Kelsey Kennedy, who recently competed in the Trans-Tasman 3 Minute Thesis Competition in Sydney. Not only did she make it through to the final round of the competition, but she also won it. And, to top it all off, she received the People’s Choice Award as well. Great job, Kelsey. You can see a webcast of Kelsey’s winning presentation here: (fast forward to 42:20 in the video stream)

ABC News highlight OBEL’s microscope-in-a-needle research

16th Sep 2013

ABC News recently profiled OBEL’s microscope-in-a-needle project in a nationally-run news story, focusing on its potential impact in breast cancer surgery. You can watch the video here:

Best Poster Image Prize for Peijun Gong at this year’s Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

3rd Sep 2013

Congratulations to Peijun Gong for winning a student prize at this year’s Combined Biological Sciences Meeting. Peijun is a PhD student in the Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, and is developing new methods to assess human burns scars using optical coherence tomography (OCT). His poster described a method to measure the differences between burns scars and normal tissue by quantifying the attenuation rate of near infrared light. At this year’s meeting, he was awarded the Best Poster Image Prize. The …

OBEL PhD student, Kelsey Kennedy, wins IET Present around the World competition in Brunei

3rd Sep 2013

Kelsey Kennedy, a PhD student at the UWA Optical + Biomedical Engineering Lab, will take on the world’s best young speakers in the global final of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Present around the World (PATW) 2013 competition after winning the Asia-Pacific Regional competition in Brunei last week. Kelsey claimed first place at the Asia Pacific Regional competition with her presentation, “Imaging the Mechanical Properties of Breast Cancer”. Kelsey’s research involves developing an optical imaging technique that creates high-resolution …

David Sampson was made an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer

30th Jun 2013

David Sampson was made an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer, for the term July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers program honours excellent speakers who have made technical contributions of high quality and enhances the technical programs of Photonics Society chapters.

David Sampson made SPIE Fellow

12th Jun 2013

David Sampson made SPIE Fellow The University of Western Australia’s Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, Winthrop Professor David Sampson, has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious international society for optics and photonics, SPIE.

David Sampson made OSA Fellow

5th Mar 2013

David Sampson made OSA Fellow 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 …

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