Current Members

Staff members

 Barry Cense Prof. Barry Cense
Deputy Director
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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.

Elizabeth_AlbertMs. Elizabeth Albert
Executive Assistant to Professor David Sampson
+61 8 6488 5387

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.

Ms. Hava ZhangHava
Administrative Officer
+61 8 6488 2317

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.

Dr. Karol Karnowski
Research Fellow
+61 8 6488 1522

Karol joined OBEL as a Research Fellow in August 2015.

He completed his PhD 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).

Peijun_Gong_PhotoPeijun Gong
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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Shaghayegh_EshaghianShaghayegh Es’haghian
PhD student
+61 8 6488 3813

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.

Qingyun Li
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.

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.