Current Members

Section 1. Staff

1) Elizabeth_AlbertMs. Elizabeth Albert

1.1. Executive Assistant to Professor David Sampson
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Liz joined OBEL as Executive Assistant to the Director in June 2011.  She has had a varied career working in senior administrative positions both in the UK and in Australia.  Since coming to Perth Liz has held Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant positions in a range of industries, including gaming and hospitality, community aged care, community disability care and three universities in Perth.

2) Ms. Hava ZhangHava

2.1. Administrative Officer
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Hava Zhang joined OBEL in January 2014 to take charge of the group’s finance and administration. Hava obtained a Master of Professional Accounting at UWA Business School in 2011. She also gained a B.A. in English-Chinese Translation/Interpretation and a Diploma of Accounting from Sichuan International Studies University in 2006 at Chongqing, the largest direct-controlled municipality in China. Before moving to Australia, Hava worked in Beijing for several consulting and trading companies as secretary as well as translator/interpreter. She also previously worked at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA before becoming part of the highly dynamic and innovative team at OBEL.

3) Dr. Karol Karnowski

3.1. Research Fellow
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Karol joined OBEL as a Research Fellow in August 2015.

He completed his Ph.D at the Nicolaus Copernicus Univeristy in Torun, Poland. He has conducted pioneering works on ultrafast, fiber based, wavelength tunable lasers and their application in optical coherence tomography (OCT). So far he has designed and constructed several tunable laser based imaging systems that were successfully employed for clinical examination of structural and functional properties of anterior segment of the human eye, clinical evaluation of salivary glands in autoimmune disorders patients, and in soft contact lens metrology.

Prior to joining OBEL Karol held an Assistant Professor position at the Optical Biomedical Imaging Group, Torun, Poland. During that time, he was involved in multiple projects, e.g., dynamic measurement of air induced corneal deformation with ssOCT systems and OCT guided measurement of fertilized mouse zygotes.

In his spare time Karol enjoys photography, books, movies and soccer (both to play and to watch).

4) Peijun_Gong_PhotoPeijun Gong

4.1. Research Associate
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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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5) Anthony Phan

5.1. Research Associate
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Anthony is a mechatronic engineer with professional experience in electronic, robotic and commercial systems design. He completed his degree at Curtin University where he also begun a professional career with Rio Tinto developing software for real time visualisation and optimisation of autonomous truck fleets. During that same year he developed a novel robotic hand orthosis which has been internationally awarded, further fueling his my interest in medical engineering.

Since moving on from Rio Tinto,  Anthony has delved more heavily into product design working as a lead engineer at Molten Tech to develop specialty products for the mining and agriculture industry. This role involved overseeing all stages of the product life cycle from developing proof of concepts all the way down to final manufacturing and quality control. Anthony joined OBEL in 2016 to pursue his interest in medical engineering.

Section 2. Postgrads

1) Andrea Curatolo

1.1. PhD student
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Andrea is currently working on optical coherence tomography (OCT). His work includes diagnostic imaging systems engineering design, technology development and supervision of endoscopic and interstitial OCT imaging system prototypes deployed in clinical settings, for pulmonary and oncology applications. He is also active in the study of image formation in the context of coherent imaging modalities and intrinsic noise – speckle. In this area he has worked on developing processing methods to increase the information content extracted from an image (multiple scattering detection), techniques to reduce intrinsic noise and imaging artefacts (i.e. image quality improvement), and tools (structured phantoms) to verify and validate those methods and techniques.

Prior to joining OBEL in 2008, he worked for a year in industry as a Systems Engineer. His background is in photonics, having completed his MSc in 2006 in physics engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a thesis on the development of a portable multispectral imaging system. He attended the first year of his master’s degree at the Institute of Technology (LTH) in Lund, Sweden.

In his spare time he enjoys the beach, music, yoga and sports like beach volleyball, catching a few waves (still a work in progress), swimming and soccer. He is passionate about travelling, photography, learning languages and new cultures.

2) Shaghayegh_EshaghianShaghayegh Es’haghian

2.1. PhD student
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Shaghayegh joined OBEL as a PHD student in 2012. She is working on developing in vivo skin assessment techniques, using optical coherence tomography and optical coherence elastography.

Shaghayegh previously graduated her Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering (Bio-electrics) from University of Tehran in Iran. Working on spatial pattern analysis of brain activity in functional MRI data, she passed a 6-month research program in 2010 at university of Rostock in Germany.

She enjoys poetry and is interested in nature, humanity and culture.

3) Philip_WijesinghePhilip Wijesinghe

3.1. PhD student
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Philip is a PhD student at OBEL having completed undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Electrical & Electronic Engineering at The University of Western Australia. His work interests are in finding and developing new and innovative technological solutions to applied physiology problems, particularly in tissue and cellular mechanics.

4) Wes Allen

4.1. PhD studentWes Allen Profile

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Wes joined OBEL as a PhD student in 2015. He is working on developing a wide-field elastography system for use in margin assessment during breast conserving surgery.

Wes has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin. He also has a number of years of industry experience with an industrial adhesives company in both Ireland and Australia.


5) Qingyun Li

5.1. PhD studentqingyun

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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.

6)  Gavrielle UntrachtGavrielle_Untracht_profile

6.1. 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.