Former Members

Section 1. Former Staff

1) colinProfessor Colin Sheppard

1.1. Adjunct Professor

Colin Sheppard (FIEE, FIOP) is Professor and Head of the Division of Bioengineering in National University of Singapore, and is also Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology in the School of Medicine. He has received many prizes and awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and the Institute of Physics Optics and Photonics Division Prize. He has served as Vice-President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and President of the International Society for Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS). He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics (the official journal of the European Optical Society). He has presented more than 90 invited conference papers, including 20 plenary or keynote talks. He has published 2 books, 4 edited books, 44 book chapters, and 300 refereed journal articles.

Professor Sheppard’s main area of research is in confocal microscopy, including instrumental development and investigation of novel techniques with bio-medical and industrial applications. He was a pioneer in this area and developed one of the world’s first confocal microscopes in 1975. He proposed nonlinear microscopy, including 2-photon fluorescence microscopy in 1978, and published the first images from scanning second-harmonic microscopy, also in 1978. His research interests also include diffraction and focusing, beam and pulse propagation, scattering, and image formation. He proposed the Bessel-Gauss beam (1978), and the linearly-polarized electromagnetic Bessel beam (1978). He has worked in the areas of electron beam instruments, vacuum and surface analysis, photoelectronic devices, optical fibres, optical information processing systems and optical communications.

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2) Dr. Robert McLaughlin

2.1. Research Associate ProfessorRobert_McLaughlin

A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin lead the Microscope-in-needle project within OBEL.

After a post-doc at the University of Oxford, he spent 5 years working in the medical device industry. During this period, he managed the development of 3 commercial medical products, and gained extensive experience in the commercialization of research.

During his time in OBEL, he has won over $3.5M in competitive research grants, including an ARC Discovery grant and two NHMRC Development grants. He has co-authored 2 book chapters, 52 journal papers and 5 patents. He has an h-index of 20. He is principal supervisor for several PhD, Masters and undergraduate honours students.

In 2011, he received the National Breast Cancer Foundation Patron’s Award for ‘Innovation and Vision in Research’. In 2014, he won the SPIE Start-up Challenge business pitch competition in San Francisco, CA. He was also named WA Innovator of the Year and was recipient of the UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Mid-career Research Award and UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact and Innovation.

He has been appointed as a Councilor of the Australian Optical Society.

3) BrendanKennedyDr. Brendan Kennedy

3.1. Research Assistant Professor
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Brendan lead the optical elastography research within OBEL.

His background is in photonics, having completed his Ph.D in Dublin City University, Ireland. His topic was in the field of all-optical signal processing using semiconductor optical amplifiers.

Prior to joining OBEL Brendan held a lecturing position in Universidad de Santiago de Chile where his research continued to focus on semiconductor optical amplifiers, concentrating mainly on implementing four-wave mixing as a means to perform all-optically signal processing.

4) Rodney Kirk

4.1. Research Assistant Professorrodney

Rodney joined OBEL after many years of working in industry, mostly as a software engineer. His experience has mostly been in software development for embedded and real-time systems. This has been in a variety of areas such as data communications, payment systems and remote monitoring and control (to name a few).

While working in OBEL, Rodney has developed the in-house OCT acquisition, processing and visualisation software, which is currently running four (soon to be five) different hardware configurations. He has also developed a 3D data visualisation tool, used to create many of OBEL’s published animations.


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5) Dr. Jiawen Li

5.1. Research FellowJiawen_story

Jaiwen received her BS degree in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2010, and her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine in 2015. She has pioneered in developing and applying the integrated IVUS-OCT technology for clinical practices. During her PhD journey, she published 11 papers in high-impact journals (6 first-author papers) and gave more than 16 talks at prestigious international conferences. Her works were selected as the Optics in 2014 and feature of the week by OSA and OCT news, respectively. In 2015, she won the best poster award at Optics in Cardiology conference.

Her research interests include optical coherence tomography (OCT), microscope in needle, Doppler OCT, multimodality imaging, intravascular imaging, and ultra-thin endoscopes.


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6) Bryden_QuirkBryden Quirk

6.1. Research Associate

Bryden has been at researcher at OBEL from 2007 – 2016 developing optical interferometric imaging systems for use with tumours, airways, brain biopsy and endoscopic applications.

7) Dr. Lixin Chin

7.1. PhD studentLixin_Chin
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Lixin Chin joined the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory as a PhD student in 2011. He is working in the areas of polarisation-sensitive optical coherence tomography, compression optical coherence elastography, and their applications towards pre-clinical and clinical assessment of pathology.

Lixin previously graduated with first-class honours from the University of Western Australia in 2006, with combined degrees in Computer Science, and Electronic Engineering. He has worked as a software engineer for VIX-ERG from 2007 to 2012, developing automated fare collection devices for public transport systems.

He is OBEL’s resident Linux geek, and enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and programming for fun.


Section 2. Undergraduate students

Austin Shen

0.1. Undergraduate student

Austin is an intern at OBEL working on the origami microscope project. This science outreach project involves getting cost-effective paper microscope kits out to schools so that students across WA can investigate the micro-world for themselves and boost their interest in optics. He is an Bachelor of Science student at the University of Western Australia with majors in Physics and Engineering Science, expecting to graduate in 2015.
Austin is very interested in astronomy and astrophysics, and enjoys playing football (soccer), scuba diving, snowboarding and painting in his spare time.

1) Peter Fejesunnamed

Peter joined OBEL in 2015 for a 6 month internship project. Peter is studying electrical engineering at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), and has a background in digital signal processing. As this is a wide area, he is also interested in (almost) any field of engineering. In his spare time he likes to do sport (any), photography, or just relax with an interesting book/film.

2) Dirk_LorenserDr. Dirk Lorenser

2.1. Research Assistant Professor

Dirk studied Physics at the University of Bonn (Germany) and did his PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in the area of Applied Laser Physics. Dirk loves to build scientific and commercial instruments involving optics, lasers, electronics and mechanics. After his PhD, he worked for a startup company in Zurich (Onefive Ltd.) which manufactures picosecond and femtosecond pulsed lasers. Dirk joined OBEL in 2009, where he developed novel imaging systems based on OCT, confocal and fluorescence imaging. He also developed design and fabrication methods for fiber-optic needle probes which are an integral part of OBEL’s highly successful “Microscope in a Needle” project.

3) Peter_MunroDr. Peter Munro

3.1. Research Assistant Professor

Peter received an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2014 to work on the subject of computed microscopy, which employs computational models of optical microscopes to obtain improve the process of imaging thick samples. He is currently supported by an Australian Research Council discovery early career research award focussed on the development of models of light interaction with biological tissue with the objective of bringing innovation to biomedical imaging techniques. Prior to this, he worked in the Radiation Physics group at University College London where he developed a quantitative method for performing X-ray phase contrast imaging using incoherent sources.

Dr Munro received a Commonwealth scholarship in 2002 and subsequently completed his PhD in the physics department at Imperial College London in 2006 on the use of numerical methods in the modelling of high numerical aperture optical imaging systems. He received a BSc and a BEng with honours, both from the University of Western Australia, in 1998 and 2000 respectively.

4) Tracey O’Keefe tracey

4.1. Administrative Officer

Tracey grew up in Wollongong, NSW and started working at Wollongong University, in the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering in 1990. Since deciding that she needed a change of lifestyle she left the eastern shores to head west – VERY WEST….. to the other side of the country. Enjoying working in a University environment, she commenced working at OBEL in January 2008. She is loving the relaxed lifestyle in Perth and does not miss the hussle and bussle of Sydney….

5) rajeshDr. Rajesh Sreedharanpillai (Rajesh S. Pillai)

5.1. Research Associate

Rajesh completed his PhD in Physics from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to joining OBEL, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences in Ecole Polytechnique, France. His research interests are in the field of confocal and multi-photon micrsocopy.

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6) sergey4Dr. Sergey Alexandrov

6.1. Research Associate

Sergey completed his Ph.D. at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. His principal research interests are in the development of optical methods (holographic, interference, polarization, Moire, speckle, etc.) for research and nondestructive testing of different objects, for application to diverse fields of science, medicine and industry. Now his current research activities are focussed on development of optical imaging techniques such as high resolution Fourier-holographic microscopy, spatially-resolved Fourier-holographic light scattering spectroscopy and bifocal optical coherence tomography for investigation of microstructure and optical properties of biological tissues.



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8) riggs2Dr. Thomas Zander

8.1. Research Associate

Riggs completed his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In a cooperative project of the university’s Department of Microsystems Engineering and the Power and Sensor Systems research department of Siemens, Munich, Germany, he worked on systems engineering of embedded systems for localisation and tracking. At OBEL, he is currently working on angioma imaging systems with a focus on extending and improving the possibilities for treatment of e.g. port-wine stains. His spare time is mainly consumed by tennis, running, listening to music and various computer-related activities, such as maintaining several software ports for the FreeBSD operating system.

9) julianDr. Julian Armstrong

9.1. Research Associate, PhD student

Julian has completed a PhD in OBEL on anatomical optical coherence tomography (aOCT) in the human upper airway. This involved the design, construction and initial clinical application of a high-speed optical ranging system which is suitable for endoscopic use in the human respiratory systems and eosophagus. He is currently carrying out further research into several optical imaging technologies. In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving and various sports which involve throwing objects into the air and preventing them hitting the ground (particularly volleyball).

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10) abhiDr. Abhiji Patil

10.1. Research Associate

Abhijit completed his PhD at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland in the field of design of high-resolution algorithms for the measurement of multiple displacements in a specimen through the measurement of multiple phases recorded on the CCD in a holographic moir configuration. He has also worked on the measurement of subsurface defects in a semiconductor wafers in Singapore. He has obtained Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in Electrical Engineering. His current research focuses on synthetic aperture digital Fourier holography and in Fourier domain optical coherence tomography.

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11) svenSven Becker

11.1. Research Associate

Sven studied Electrical Engineering at the ‘Technische Universitaet Muenchen’, Germany and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After obtaining his diploma he worked for Sendsor GmbH, a biomedical company in the field of telemedicine and for Europe’s aeronautical company EADS. At OBEL he is currently working on the Hollow Organ Profiling System (HOPS) for the upper airway, which involves dealing with a wide range of different aspects such as optics, hardware-design, software engineering and carrying out clinical tests with the system at Sir Charles Gardener Hospital.

In his spare time he enjoys all sorts of watersports, mainly windsurfing, and also picks up his guitar every now and then to play some rock’n’roll.

12) christian_crozierChristian Crozier

12.1. Administrative Officer

Christian Crozier joined OBEL in June 2005 as an administrative Officer. She enjoys meeting people and working within a friendly research group. Christian’s previous experience was in marketing and administration in the precious metals and mining industries. She finds working at UWA rewarding and enjoys the work-life-balance of part-time employment.

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13) alexAlexandre Paduch

13.1. Research Associate

Alexandre joined OBEL in 2005 working on the hollow organ profiling system. After completion of his engineering masters degree at the physics engineering school of Strasbourg, France in year 2000, he worked for 3 years with Agilent Technologies in Boeblingen, Germany, as an optical research and development engineer. He participated in the conception of an interferometrical amplitude and phase measurement system for the 40Gb optical telecommunication industry. In 2003 he joined Philips LCOS Microdisplay Systems as an optical test engineer. He is now willing to apply his knowledge to biophotonics research and development.

Alex likes playing guitar, piano, chess and football (European rules…)

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14) andrei4Dr. Andrei Zvyagin

14.1. Research Fellow

Andrei joined OBEL as a Research Fellow in 1998. His primary engagement in the group is researchon optical coherence tomography (OCT) towards realisation of very fast, very precise in vivo mapping of the surface of the human cornea. This ongoing project is a collaboration between OBEL and the Lion’s Eye Institute. He is also working towards combining OCT with a parallel detection technique, which would lead to fast and robust imaging machines.

His Ph.D. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology investigated theoretical and experimental aspects of near-field optics. Apart from this his research experience extends to atomic physics, particularly laser cooling and spectroscopic experiments with particles trapped in electromagnetic fields.

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15) Dr. Yuhua Zhang

15.1. Research Associate

Yuhua joined OBEL from the Physics Department of the University of Auckland in 2002. He is working on the development of a portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) system and optimising OCT signal processing technology. His background is in Optoelectronic Precision Instrumentation and Adaptive Optics Engineering, having been awarded a Ph.D. in Precision Instrument Engineering by the Tianjin University, China, in 1997, after earlier (1986) completing a B.E. in the same department. His work in Adaptive Optics was aimed at novel AO system with simplified construction and low cost, realized by utilizing nonlinear optical technology or by a feedback interferometer technique. His former biomedical studies were on the technology of ultrasound thermotherapy for cancer treatment.

Yuhua’s hobbies include soccer and swimming. He especially likes James Oval of UWA and the beautiful Swan River. He also likes reading history and literature books.

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16) ianIan Walton

16.1. Research Associate

I was at OBEL on a one year sabbatical from my job as a Project Manager at SurroMed Inc., Mountain View California. SurroMed is a new company devoted to the discovery of surrogate markers for disease. At SurroMed I have developed a second generation imaging cytometer for cell surface marker analysis. My most recent work has been focused on the development of metal particle based biochemical analytical techniques and tools. The work has involved the development of instrumentation (imaging and flow), image analysis software and particle manufacture techniques using photolithography methods. Prior to SurroMed I was an Engineer at Affymetrix Inc. where I developed fluorescence imaging instruments and software for DNA microarray analysis and lithography tools for microarray manufacture.

I have an Masters degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Hobbies include paragliding, sailing and skiing where it is cold and bumpy (i.e. not Perth).

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17) paulDr. Paul Bond

17.1. Research Associate

Paul completed his Ph.D, ‘Optical propagation through sea-ice’ at the University of Otago, New Zealand. This involved investigating the optical properties of sea ice by performing beam-spread function measurements on the ice, and their subsequent interpretation using Monte Carlo models of the ice. The aim of this research was to further the understanding of how light travels within this complex material. He has also completed an M.Sc measuring the fatigue of sea ice, a Dip.Sci in medical physics, and a B.Sc with physics/chemistry majors.

He held a postdoc position with the OBEL DRS project until November 2002, with an aim to understanding tissue optics and optimising the hardware used in the system. This work included laboratory based experiments with the fibre-based data collection system, although sometimes he was permitted out to collect data from patients in a clinical setting.

His interests are not very interesting.

18) rebeccaRebecca Webster

18.1. Research Associate

Rebecca was employed with OBEL as a member of the Skin Cancer Analysis team until November 2002. She completed her Honours in Biomedical Engineering with OBEL in 2000. She was working on the Skin Cancer detection system, and has now moved on to a PhD project with Pharmacology.

Her hobbies include swimming, keeping tropical fish, and playing the piano accordion.

19) phillipePhilippe Lauper

19.1. Research Associate

Phillipe joined OBEL from Silicon Graphics in Switzerland as a Visiting Research Engineer. He completed a masters degree in Microtechnical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and worked on the development of portable instrumentation for Optical Coherence Tomography. Phillipe returned to Switzerland in June 2002.

His other interests include windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing soon and sushi with a good bottle of Oz wine!

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20) elwynDr. Elwyn Smith

20.1. Research Associate

Elwyn joined OBEL in June 1999, and was employed as a Research Fellow until mid 2002. Elwyn’s background is in engineering and optical communications, having earlier completed a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His work at OBEL has primarily been concerned with optical coherence tomography, spectroscopy, and coherence domain-reflectometry.

Elwyn’s other interests include photography and outdoor pursuits such as climbing and caving, some or all of which he may be doing right now, if not taking up diving as well. Far too much gear to carry by then – maybe he should get a helo licence as well?!

Section 3. Former Postgraduate Students

1) Blake-KlyenBlake Klyen

1.1. PhD student

His research involves investigating the application of a new light-based imaging technology, optical coherence tomography (OCT), for the assessment of muscle pathology. This work is a collaborative effort with researchers from the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at UWA. It is envisaged this work will aid in the development of tools for small-animal imaging, specifically to deepen basic research into the human disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy and its treatment. Blake’s work has involved the engineering design of a diagnostic imaging system, animal handling, small-animal imaging studies, and developing analysis methods for validating this new technique.

Prior to commencing his PhD in 2007, Blake worked for a year in OBEL as a research associate. His other previous relevant work experience includes time at the Ear Science Institute Australia (previously the Lions Ear and Hearing Institute) in Perth, a research intern at the Laser Diagnostic and Therapy Center in Poland, and as a research intern at AION Diagnostics, Perth.

In his spare time Blake enjoys playing Touch Rugby, running, playing guitar, photography and football (Australian rules). He is passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures, good coffee, and great live music.

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2) Kelsey_KennedyDr. Kelsey Kennedy

2.1. PhD Student
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Kelsey graduated in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Having previously studied at UWA as an exchange student, she decided to return to Perth to pursue a PhD with OBEL. Her PhD research developed optical elastography techniques for improved guidance of breast cancer surgery. Kelsey is now continued this work as a research associate in the group until May 2015.

Outside the lab, Kelsey loves running throughout Perth’s many parks and bike paths, attempting new recipes in the kitchen, watching American football, and traveling the world.

3) Dr. Loretta Scolaro

3.1. Research Associate, PhD studentloretta_scolaro

Loretta completed her PhD with OBEL in 2014 and continued her research with the group in needle optical coherence tomography (OCT) for imaging of breast cancer as well as developing new optical needles for combined OCT and fluorescence dual-modality imaging.

Loretta has previously completed degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Honours) and Biomedical Science with a major in Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia.

She enjoys sports, reading and photography in her spare time and looks forward to travelling during holidays, especially to visit her second homeland in Italy.

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4.1. PhD student

Xiaojie is from mainland China and joined OBEL as a PhD student from Nov, 2009. His research topic is on Imaging Muscular Dystrophy with OCT.

Xiaojie completed his bachelor degree in Biotechnology from Ocean University of China, Qingdao in 2006. After that, Xiaojie transferred his academic interest from biology to engineering and studied in the University of Melbourne as a postgraduate student in Biomedical Engineering where he completed his Master degree at the end of 2008.

For hobbies, Xiaojie plays the piano or keyboard since he studied music for several years when he was young and furthermore, he played as a keyboardist in a pop-band when he was doing his undergraduate study in China. In addition, soccer is another essential part in Xiaojie’s leisure life.

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5) estherDr. Yih Miin Liew

5.1. PhD student

Yih Miin hails from Malaysia and was a PhD student with OBEL, developing use of OCT in skin tissue assessment.

Yih Miin possesses Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Master of Biotechnology, both from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and experimenting on food.


6) Teddy Yeo

6.1. Masters student

Teddy joined OBEL as a Masters by Research student on November 2, 2009 and worked on correlating optical coherence tomography (OCT) images with medical ultrasonography. Teddy completed a BSc in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, USA in 2008.

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7) tomDr. Thomas Gutzler

7.1. PhD student

Tom was a PhD student with OBEL working in the area of Fourier holography. After doing his internship at OBEL in 2002/2003, he joined the team again in 2005 as a visiting PhD student from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he completed his Masters degree on a rather unrelated topic: systems engineering. In 2007 he became a full UWA student and was not visiting any more!

Besides researchng revolutionary methods of biomedical image acquisition and processing he also had to take care of this website. In his spare time, he likes to play Volleyball and every now and then he could be seen paddling along the swan river. His most favourite activity, however, is ‘sinking himself into oceanic surroundings’ with the UWA dive club.

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8) tim2Dr. Timothy Hillman

8.1. PhD student

Timothy worked on a theoretical project describing characteristics of the returning OCT signal from turbid samples, incorporating in particular their scattering, absorption and dispersion properties. He is also actively collaborating on other research projects at OBEL, including a Fourier-holographic approach to record spatially-resolved angular light scattering spectra. His background is in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mathematics.

9) bruceDr. Bruce Murphy

9.1. PhD student

Bruce was a PhD student with OBEL working in the area of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy with a skin cancer focus. He is also responsible for much of this website, and so does not feel it necessary to say more here.

Bruce completed Honours in Computer Science in 1997 and Honours in Electronic Engineering in 1999. His interests outside his PhD work include, in decreasing order of expense: photography, electronic music, the consumption of vast numbers of books, and squash.


10) Dr. Matthew Leigh

10.1. PhD student

Matthew joined OBEL in December 2001, after finishing a B.Tech. Hons in Optoelectronics at the University of Auckland. After a year as a research associate, he started a PhD with OBEL.

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11) Dr. Steven Adie

11.1. PhD student

Steven completed a BSc(Hons) in Chemical Physics at UWA in 1997. After graduating he worked at the Lions Eye Institute and Q-Vis Ltd. before joining OBEL in September 2001 to do his PhD. At OBEL, he is working on extending the diagnostic capabilities of OCT systems, to combine functional and morphological information of tissue, with a focus on aiding skin cancer diagnosis. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music (acoustic and bass guitar) and basketball.

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12) Dirk Schneiderheinze

12.1. Postgraduate student

Dirk’s thesis aims to develop a theoretical model to simulate optical coherence tomography of biological tissue. In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving and playing the violin and piano, having attained a licentiate diploma in performance for the latter.

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13) reneeRenee Barnes

13.1. Postgraduate student

Renee joined OBEL in March 2005 and has taken up a project developing clinical applications for Julian’s high-speed optical ranging system. She intends to image inhalational burns, atrophied muscle in Muscular Dystrophy patients and lung tissue in asthmatics in the interest of improving treatments in these areas. Renee finished her BSc (Physiology) / BEng (Electrical) in 2004. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, playing the french horn, travelling and playing soccer.

14) Dr. dilu0Dilusha Silva

14.1. PhD student

Dilusha was a PhD student at OBEL until 2004. His research focus was the developments of techniques to improve the speed, range and resolution of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and its application to biological systems.

Dilusha completed Honours in Physics in 1994 and Honours in Electronic Engineering in 1996, both at The University of Western Australia. Dilusha’s personal intersts include meditation, reading/watching science fiction annd Chinese martial arts.

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15) simonSimon Moore

15.1. PhD student

Simon became OBEL’s first PhD graduate in 2002 after submitting his thesis in theoretical descriptions of OCT. He completed Honours in EE in 1997 after a Science/Engineering degree with a physics major.


16) Kirrily Wong

16.1. Masters student

Kirrily completed her Master of Engineering Science in tissue spectroscopy. Her project involved designing and building a system to detect and identify skin cancer spectrally.

Kirrily completed Honours in Computer Science in 1994 and Honours in Electronic Engineering in 1996.

Section 4. Former Internship Students

1) Jonas_TuscherJonas Tuscher

Jonas has a degree in optical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen, Germany. During his internship at OBEL in 2014, Jonas worked on the development and fabrication of some advanced fiber-optic probe designs for OBEL’s microscope-in-a-needle project. After his return to Germany, he was immediately hired by Schoelly, a leading manufacturer of 3D endoscopes!

2) Alexander_HolzerAlexander Holzer

Alex comes to OBEL from Bern University of Applied Science, in Biel, Switzerland, where he is completing a Master of Science in Engineering, specializing in optics and photonics. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Science in Microengineering and Medical Technology at Bern University. Alex is completing his final project for his Master’s thesis with OBEL, developing an endoscopic probe for OCT measurements of airway. Alex is enjoying traveling around Australia, taking photos, participating in sports, and going to the beach.

3) Thomas_WaeberThomas Waeber

Thomas came to OBEL in November 2012 for an internship over 6 months, which is part of his Master`s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Karlsruher Institut of Technology in Germany. He works on the further development and improvement of a near-infrared fluorescence imaging system. In his spare time Thomas enjoys exploring beautiful places, meeting people and doing much sports like playing beach volleyball and tennis.

4) Matthias_BasslerMatthias Bassler

Matthias joined OBEL in June 2012 for a 6 month student research project as part of his Master’s degree. The aim of his project was to develop a near-infrared florescence imaging system. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. In his spare time he likes to travel, meet people from all over the world and photograph. Recently he also started playing the didgeridoo.

5) Michael Peyermichael_peyer

Michael graduated in September 2010 from the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland with a Bachelor of Science in Microtechnology and Medical Technology. He joined OBEL for a six month research project in the field of Optical Coherence Elastrography (OCE) and constructing a calibration interferometer for an FD-OCT spectrometer.

In his spare time he likes travelling and doing different kind of sports like playing basketball, beachvolley and soccer.

6) Maik Foxmaik

Maik joined OBEL in November 2010 for a six month student research project on design and construction of a scanning confocal microscope system. He is studying Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In his spare time he likes combining his two hobbies, cycling and photography.