In biophotonics we aim to apply our optical expertise to the advancement of research on biological themes. This involves scientists and engineers working closely with biologists and clinicians to deliver optical solutions to complex bio-related issues. The solutions may be in the form of enhanced imaging capabilites for observing biological structure and processes, or optical manipulation within biological environments, or creating biological nanomachines for specified tasks.



Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Martin Booth

My research interests lie in the theory and practice of dynamic optics, particularly the use of adaptive optical elements in high resolution microscopy and ultrafast laser fabrication.

Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Materials
Dr Cameron Brown

We combine advanced imaging and computational techniques to study the musculoskeletal system.

Professor of Pharmacology
Prof Nigel Emptage

Our research in neuroscience is supported by the development of novel optical imaging tools, particularly through high resolution microscopy.

Principal Investigator
Dr. Sergi Padilla-Parra

 My laboratory is focused on the development of fluorescence imaging approaches capable of showing the spatial and temporal regulation of protein-protein interactions and/or enzymatic activity inside living cells and animals.

Professor in Chemistry and University Reader
Prof. Jason Davis

My research interests include molecular electronics, nano-scale chemistry and sensory interfaces.

CR-UK Senior Group Leader
Prof. Boris Vojnovic

The optical research of the group has the aim of enabling our collaborators to perform effective research by offering advanced microscopy techniques in a form that can be used routinely.

Professor of Chemistry
Prof. Harry Anderson

Our group does research in the areas of molecular materials synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, polymers and dyes. All work is directed towards the design and creation of new molecular materials with useful optical, electronic or biomedical properties.

Professor of Physical Chemistry
Prof. Philipp Kukura

My research is concerned with the development and application of spectroscopic and imaging tools designed to visualise, study and eventually control dynamic processes in chemistry and biology.

Professor of Molecular Immunology
Prof. Christian Eggeling

The main research interests of my laboratory are focused on the application and development of ultra-sensitive, live-cell fluorescence microscopy techniques with a spatial resolution down to the molecular level.

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Tony Wilson

I am interested in all aspects of optical microscopy, but in particular those systems which offer three dimensional resolution in the image.

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof Jens Rittscher

Our research is aimed at enhancement our understanding of complex biological processes through the analysis of image data.

Associate Professor
Prof. Mark Howarth

My research involves bionanotechnology and its application to cancer. Some of our photonics related research includes the development  of new ways to target quantum dots (QDots) and conjugated polymer dots (Pdots), ultra-bright nanoparticles, to study cell surface receptors.

Professor of Organic Chemistry
Prof. Stuart Conway

The focus of our research is the development of selective molecular probes to enable investigation of certain biological systems. Our interest in photonics is particularly related photochemical biology and the development of "caged" compounds.

Associate Professor of Physics
Dr. Richard Berry

My research is focused on rotary molecular motors, in particular the Bacterial Flagellar Motor, which is a rotary molecular engine powered by the flow of ions across the inner, or  cytoplasmic, membrane of a bacterial cell envelope.

Professor of Cell Biology
Prof. Ilan Davis

My interests in photonics lie in advanced light microscopy techniques, as a route to the study biomolecules ideally within the context of living cells.

Facility manager

I am the facility manager of the Wolfson Imaging Centre, based in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. We specialise in methods of fluorescence imaging, including single molecule and super-resolution (STED, STORM/PALM).

Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Michael Kohl

Our group uses high-resolution optical microscopy to unravel the coding strategies employed in sensory representation and memory storage.

Associate Professor
Dr. Stephen Fletcher

My research is in the area of synthetic organic chemistry.  About half of my group works on projects related to photonics: We are making synthetic retinal derivatives, this work aims to determine what molecular prerequisites are essential for the fast and selective photoisomerizations seen in rho

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ronald Roy

My research focuses on the application of physical acoustics principles to problems in biomedical acoustics, industrial ultrasonics, acoustical oceanography, and biomedical imaging and therapy at the intersection of light and sound. 

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Robin Cleveland

My research is in the area of acoustics, primarily focused on biomedical acoustics with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics. My interests in photonics lie in acousto-optic sensing, which have so far been applied to thermally induced lesions in tissue.

Professor of Biological Physics
Prof. Achillefs Kapanidis

My group studies mechanisms and machines of gene expression using single-molecule biophysical methods and biochemistry.

Professor of Structural Cell Biology
Prof. Kay Grunewald

My research focuses on understanding the interactions of supramolecular complexes that form the structural elements of cells and carry out essentially all functions and processes within living cells.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:15

A new cross-departmental consortium has been announced following the award of funding from the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC and other bodies. This will involve development of new super resolution optical nanoscopes. Several research groups within the Oxford Photonics network will be contributing expertise.

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:15

The third Oxford Photonics day was held on Tuesday 12th March 2013. Around 70 researchers from across the University, with additional external guests participated in a successful event. Prizes for best Student Oral and Poster presentations were awarded.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 17:45

We are pleased to announce the date for the next Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Tuesday 8th October 2013 (0th week) and will take place in the Department of Engineering Science.   More details are to follow in the coming few weeks.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:15

Two new Royal Society University Research Fellows, Dr Brian Patton and Dr Josh Nunn, have recently started new research programmes in Photonics.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:30

The 6th Oxford Photonics Day is due to be held on Wednesday 8th Oct in the Thom Building, Lecture Room 1, in the Engineering Department in Oxford.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 23:00

I-CASE EPSRC Studentship advertised: applications wanted! Check out the advert:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 15:30

We are pleased to announce the date for the 7th Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Monday 20th April 2015 (0th week, Trinity term). It will be held at the Department of Engineering Science. The event will be free to attend for members of the Oxford Photonics Network. The programme will include...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:30

Engineers and Scientists around the world are getting ready for the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL). This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO. The 2015 IYL will consist of ...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:45

The 7th Photonics Day will be held on 20th April 2015. We once again look forward to a set of lively talks ranging from application of quantum dots to optical sensing of nucleic acids. Speakers come from across Oxford and the UK.  

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Here is the workshop programme:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:45

Oxford researchers led by Dr Gil Bub have used optogenetic methods to stimulate heart cells in order to elucidate the operation of muscle excitation waves.

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 21:45

The Optical Society (OSA) has published a brochure about how optics and photonics impacts the global economy.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 07:45

The 2017 Oxford Photonics Day will be on Wednesday 19th April. To register for the event, which is free, please go to:

Registration for this event is now closed