Principal Investigator

MugshotDr Chris Rowlands started his academic career in 2001 at Imperial College, but on the other side of campus, in the Chemistry department. After discovering that he couldn't sketch a hexagon well enough to be any good at synthetic chemistry, he decided to concentrate on physical chemistry, if only because it required remembering the names of fewer chemists. This proved a good career move, and he went on to study for a PhD in the physics and chemistry of chalcogenide glasses at Cambridge University, in the group of Prof. Stephen Elliott. It was there that he learned about glass synthesis, Raman microscopy, analytical chemistry techniques of all kinds, algorithm design, and several new swearwords for use when attempting to get the laser working again.

After leaving Cambridge in 2010, he spent a year at the University of Nottingham, studying the use of Raman microscopy in diagnosing cancer in the group of Dr Ioan Notingher, before receiving a three-year Wellcome Trust MIT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the group of Prof. Peter So. There he discovered the delights (and curses) of multiphoton microscopy, fluorescence lifetime microscopy, super-resolution imaging, light-sheet microscopy and many more fluorescence microscopy techniques. Five years, several papers, two snowpocalypses and multiple swearwords later, his visa ran out, so he came back to the UK to continue his fellowship back in Cambridge, as a guest in the laboratory of Prof. Clemens Kaminski. While nominally developing new super-resolution techniques, a suspiciously high fraction of his time was actually spent drinking tea and trying to sneak naughty acronyms into serious scientific journals.

The tea and naughty acroyms were clearly a good career move, because in 2017 he was invited to join the Bioengineering Faculty at Imperial College as a lecturer. His current research is focussed on the development of optical instrumentation, particularly for use in biological applications. Nevertheless, the main focus of the lab is on interesting research, so if there's a good idea and the resources are available to do it, the group will have a go. Science is supposed to be fun after all.

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr Muhsincan Sesen

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    Dr Muhsincan Sesen Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Research

    Muhsincan develops end-user microfluidic devices for improving human health and well-being by utilising state of the art fabrication and automation techniques. He is currently developing a microfluidic platform capable of reconfiguring itself to synthesize a wide range of different drugs on demand.

PhD Candidates

  • Abderrahim Boualam

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    Abderrahim Boualam

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    Abderrahim researches super-resolution microscopy, specifically Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM). He is developing new methods for increasing speed and throughput in SIM.

  • Isabell Whiteley

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    Isabell Whiteley

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    Isabell researches neurophotonic holography, specifically methods to project 3D light patterns into the brain. This can be used to image membrane potentials and control neurons at high speed.

Masters Students

  • Clara Tavernier

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    Clara Tavernier

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    Clara is developing a method for performing stand-off detection of biological weapons, using Raman microscopy.

Undergraduates

  • Costanza Di Veroli

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    Costanza Di Veroli

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    Costanza is developing methods for detecting rare cancer cells in ascites fluid, using Raman microscopy.

  • Ze Lum

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    Ze Lum

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    Ze is developing a new form of eye-tracking virtual reality that can overcome the vergence accommodation conflict by compensating for eye focus.

  • David Chen

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    David Chen

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    David is creating the next generation of near-eye holographic displays, using active waveguides to create a pattern on the retina.

  • Yann Zhong

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    Yann Zhong

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    Yann researches new algorithms to create 3D light patterns for uses in holography and neurophotonics

  • Ife Chinweze

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    Ife Chinweze

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    Ife is building a new type of microfluidic actuator, based on paraffin wax motors.

  • Luka Lagator

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    Luka Lagator

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    Luka works on augmented reality, creating methods for displaying rich datasets in an accessible manner, in particular for high-performance environments such as surgery or an aircraft cockpit.

  • Peerapong Rithisith

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    Peerapong Rithisith

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    Pete is working on creating scaleable high-throughput camera systems for use in volumetric microscopy and particle imaging velocimetry.

Alumni

 
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 Weng Foo Undergraduate student  
Christos Argyros Masters Student  
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