Professor David Sampson heads the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and is Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis at The University of Western Australia. He directs the Western Australian nodes of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility and the National Imaging Facility (Australia). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the OSA – The Optical Society and SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics. Prof. Sampson’s research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology. His research is focused on the translation of microscopy techniques to imaging in the living body – medical microscopy. He was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2013 for the Microscope-in-a-Needle, a deep tissue imaging platform which targets surgical and biopsy guidance, as well as several other prizes, including the 2015 The Australian/Shell Innovation Challenge, for its promise for commercialisation. His other interests are in optical micro-elastography, the micro-scale imaging of tissue stiffness, also undergoing commercialization, and parametric imaging of tissue properties such as optical attenuation, birefringence, and speckle dynamics to detect microvasculature, with a view to creating a suite
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