Meet the Group

Dr Igor Meglinski – Principal Investigator

MSc, PhD and Chartered Physicist/Biophysicist, has a considerable (about 20 years) experience in developing novel optical diagnostic techniques for various bio-medical and industrial applications. His research interests lie at the interface between physics, medicine and biological sciences, focusing on the development of new non-invasive imaging/diagnostic techniques and their applications in medicine and biology, material sciences, pharmacy, food and health care industries (see the current/recent research activities here). He is author and co-author over 160 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters; over 220 presentations at a range of international conferences and symposia, including over 100 invited lectures and plenary talks. He is NZ Node Leader at the Biophotonics4Life (BP4L) Worldwide Consortium.

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Postdoctoral Fellows


Alexander Doronin

MSc, PhD (expected to graduate in 2014), his research interests are interdisciplinary and lie at the interface between physics, optics, medicine and computer science, focusing on the development new non-invasive optical imaging/diagnostic modalities and their applications in medicine and biology. Particular research areas include: light propagation in scattering media; light-tissue interaction, Monte Carlo computational modelling, parallel programming on GPUs using NVIDIA CUDA, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Doppler OCT; Optical & Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS); image processing, development of high-performance computing systems and algorithm optimization techniques for biomedical/optical diagnostics needs. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) and programmer with more than 10 years of experience in development of complex business-oriented software systems. He is the developer of the Biophotonics & Biomedical Imaging Research Group website and the unified MC modeling tool.

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Dr Adrian F. Pena Delgado

He received MSc in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Madero, Mexico in 2001 and worked for seven years as an electrical engineering consultant for industry. In 2001 he joined Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Mexico as a partial time teacher. He received a PhD degree in advanced technology from Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico 2011. He is the post-doctoral research fellow in Biophotonics in Otago since May 2012. His current research interests include laser tissue interaction, non-invasive imaging techniques, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Polarization Sensitive OCT, Doppler OCT and its applications in biology and medicine.

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Research Students


Callum Macdonald – PhD student

BSc (honours) graduate in Physics from the University of Otago. He has been involved with the Biophotonics & Imaging Research Group since 2009, and is currently pursuing a PhD degree. Callum's current areas of interest include light-tissue interactions, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Polarization Sensitive Imaging of biological structures.

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Fan Hong– PhD student

BEng (Honours) in Electronics at the University of Liverpool in 2011 and an MSc in Bioelectronics at the University of Edinburgh in the following year. He has recently joined the Biophotonics & Imaging Research Group as a PhD student. Fan’s current area of interest mainly focused on the development of Photo-Acoustic Tomography (PAT) technique for functional biomedical diagnosis.

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Britt Kunnen – MSc student

BSc graduate in Medical Natural Sciences from the VU University Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Medical Physics. Former research projects include a study for the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging in creating personalized radiation treatment plans at the Department of Radiotherapy, the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Her current research project lies at the interface of the Department of Physics and the Department of Pathology and focuses on the study of circular polarized light used for the detection and grading of cancer. Britt’s research interests include light-tissue interactions, optical and biomedical imaging, polarization sensitive imaging and cancer detection and treatment techniques.

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Daniel Lister

Daniel is currently studying for a BSc in Physics with a Mathematics minor at the University of Otago. Working over the summer 2013-2014 with the photo-acoustic research group as part of the Biophotonics and Biomedical imaging group working on Photo-acoustic Tomography as a technique for the detection of melanoma in Humans. His current interests are in Biological tissue simulating phantoms for use with PAT and other biomedical imaging techniques.

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Jack Devine

Jack Devine is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Otago, where he is studying Physics, Mathematics and Music. His interests in biophotonics include medical imaging such as OCT and medical diagnostics involving light.

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Alumni


Anthony Karl – BSc (honours) student

Currently studying for a BSc (honours) in Physics and Physiology at the University of Otago. In the 2010-2011 summer he worked on an awareness study into the possible biomedical applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and has currently returned to work on polarized sensitive detection of neo-plastic changes involved in colorectal cancer.

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Joseph Chambers – MSc student

Completed a BSc (honours) degree in Physics at the University of Otago in 2010. He was studying for the degree of Master of Science. His research explores the use of coherent backscattering as a new diagnostic tool with the applications in medicine and biology. Joseph's research interests include biophotonics, light-tissue interaction, image processing, and non-invasive diagnostics/imaging techniques.

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Tschackad Kamali – MSc

Was a member in 2011. Has completed a diploma course of studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen, Germany in March, 2010. Subsequently he started a postgraduate degree in Medical Physics at the interface between Medical Physics at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen and the Biophotonics & Biomedical Imaging at the University of Otago. His domain primarily deals with the application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for assessment of transcutaneous vaccine delivery and skin blood microcirculation study. Research interests include non-invasive biomedical diagnostics and optical imaging techniques, light-tissue interaction, image processing, Doppler OCT.

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Ersin Avci – MSc

Was a member in 2011. Has a diploma degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen, Germany. Afterwards he started with a Master of Science at the interface between Medical Physics at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen and the Biophotonics & Biomedical Imaging at the University of Otago. His research studies are focused on the study of propagation of circular polarized light in fibrous connective tissues influenced by optical clearing. The research interests are the Light-Tissue interaction, Fluorescence Imaging, Biophotonics, Image processing, PS-OCT and non-invasive optical diagnostics and imaging techniques.

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Elisey Kobzev – MChem student

Was a member in 2010. MChem student studying Chemical Biology at the Univerrsity of Oxford. He worked in Biophotonics & Biomedical Imaging Research Group in Autumn 2010 working on laser mediated silver nanoparticle synthesis in collaboration with Dr Carla J. Meledandri. In 2010 he recieved an AstraZeneca research bursary and has completed a summer internship at their R&D facility in Alderly Park, UK.

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University of Otago


Associate Professor Sarah Hook,
New Zealand's National School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Professor Michael Eccles,
Department of Pathology, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dr Peter Davidson,
Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine, Centre for Innovation, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Professor Tony Poole,
Orthopaedic Surgery Section, Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Associate Professor Liz Franz,
Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dr Carla J. Meledandri,
Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dr Ruth Empson,
Department of Physiology, School of Medical Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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