1) Dr Gijs van Soest
1.1. Visiting Research Fellowship
9 July 2016 – 7 October 2016
Dr Gijs van Soest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Thorax Centre at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He worked in a cardiology clinic as a translational researcher, working at the interface between clinical, basic science and engineering disciplines in Rotterdam from 2005. He obtained an MSc degree in Physics in 1997 at the University of Groningen. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2001.
Dr Van Soest currently leads the research effort in the Thorax Centre on the development and clinical translation of catheter-based imaging technologies. In his research, he bridges (cardiovascular) medicine, biomedical engineering and optical physics.
His integrates a fundamental understanding of the physics and engineering principles of the optical, photoacoustic, and ultrasonic imaging with well-rounded insights in their clinical application. This has led to impressive technological achievements in catheter-based imaging that he and his team pushed from concept-phase through in vitro and in vivo tests, into clinical evaluation.
He is an active member of the International Working Group on Intravascular OCT Standardization and Validation and frequently lectures at medical courses on cardiovascular imaging, as well as at engineering conferences on biomedical optics.
2) Kishan Dholakia
2.1. 2016 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow
7 November – 7 December 2016
Kishan Dholakia is Professor of Physics at the University of St Andrews Scotland, an honorary adjunct Professor at the centre for Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona,and visiting Professor at Chiba University, Japan.
He heads the Optical Manipulation Group who work on a wide range of topics based on light. This includes advanced imaging for neuroscience and cancer diagnosis, beam shaping and optical manipulation.
His work has led to a citation in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s fastest man-made rotation and he’s even developed an optical method for analysis of whisky!
He is passionate about science outreach and has won several awards in this area. He was elected to the position of Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2007 and is fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE. He won the European Optics Prize in 2003 and in 2008 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. He is this year’s winner of the R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society.
3) Dr Robert Zawadzki
3.1. OSA – Traveling Lecturer
23-29 October 2016
Robert J. Zawadzki was born in Torun, Poland, in 1975. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in experimental physics and medical physics from the Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland, in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
In 2003 he received the Ph.D. degree in Natural Sciences from Technical University of Vienna, Vienna Austria. In 2004 he joined the UC Davis Vision Science and Advanced Retinal Imaging (VSRI) laboratory where he is now an Associate Research Professor.
In 2012 he co-founded of UC Davis RISE EyePod laboratory and acts now as Managing Director of this facility. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, and over 60 conference proceedings.
Dr. Zawadzki isstudying pathophysiology and early morphological markers of retinal function during progression or treatment of several common retinal and ONH diseases. His research interests focus on development of new instrumentation for high-resolution in vivo probing of retinal structure and function in humans and animal models of human diseases (allowing visualization of individual cellular structures). This includes, but is not limited to Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), OCT Angiography (OCTA), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (SLO), Adaptive Optics (AO) and combinations of all the above.