Postgrad festival and alumni panel

It was the university’s postgraduate festival on Tuesday 16th May. This is a really nice event that sadly didn’t exist when I was doing my PhD, and it seemed to be appreciated by students from across the faculties and campuses. It was also a great opportunity to explore the impressive atrium and events space of the new Sibson Building, a mere stone’s throw from the Photonics Centre. A while back I had volunteered to sit on the alumni panel, sharing experiences of life after postgraduate study at Kent, alongside others who had gone on to work in industry and the third sector. We had a good attendance for the panel, with lots of thoughtful questions from the audience, and hopefully some of the students found it useful for their career

The festival was also a great chance to see some snapshots of student research from around the University, particularly the humanities and social sciences work which we don’t always come into contact with. We had a big showing from the Applied Optics Group (AOG), including a great poster from visiting student Miroslav Duriš, who I have been co-supervising, presenting some of his work on multimode fibre imaging. Finally, congratulations to AOG member Magalie Bondu who won the three-minute teaser competition, and will now be competing in the national competition.


Starting Out

I’m a newly appointed lecturer in applied optics (physics) at the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent. In my research I develop ways of using light in biology and medicine, to help us understand, diagnose and treat disease. I’ll be using this blog to keep anyone who is interested updated on my work, and the work of the research team that I will be building over the next few years. This isn’t aimed exclusively at academics, everything should be understandable regardless of your background, but if anything isn’t clear or you want to know more, please get in touch. I also occasionally write a blog on biophotonics, where I discuss some of the latest developments in the field, you can read that here.

Before moving to Kent I was a postdoc for five years at Imperial College London. I worked in a multi-disciplinary group called the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. It meant that I was rubbing shoulders with engineers, computer scientists, chemists and clinicians, as well as the odd physicist.  Working there taught me one thing above all else – that the problems of the real world don’t respect academic boundaries. If we want to try to solve some of them then we need to pool our expertise and resources and – the hardest part – try to understand each other’s language and culture. So, with that in mind, I’m always keen to meet people outside of optics and physics, whether you be a biologist, a medical professional, a patient or anyone else who might be interested, to talk about what it is that I do, what it is that you, and how we might be able to work together.