Research Staff

Dr Richard Bowman 

Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader (proleptic) in Optics

Research Interests: Optical instrumentation, in particular microscopy and experiment automation.  Open science, particularly open hardware to make experimental science more reproducible and more accessible.  I lead the OpenFlexure Project, which aims to make microscopy more automated and more reproducible, as well as accessible for education, research, and diagnostics in the Global South.

Address: TBA
Telephone: TBA

Dr Graham Gibson 

Research Fellow 

Research Interests: SWIR imaging and computer vision for detecting and imaging gas leaks. Single-pixel imaging in the IR and VIS spectral regions. Structured sound (OAM) and rotational Doppler shifts.

Address: 154, Kelvin Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Telephone: +44 141 330 6403

Dr Simon Peter Mekhail 

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Research Fellow 

Research Interests: Low-light imaging, Quantum imaging, Endoscopy, Fiber communication, Compressive sensing, Image reconstruction, Machine learning

Address: Level 3, Advanced Research Centre, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

Dr Thomas Gregory 

Research Associate

Research: Quantum Enhanced Imaging, Quantum Optics, Ghost Imaging

Address: Level 3, Advanced Research Centre, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

Dr Joe Knapper 

Research Associate

Research: My research focuses on the calibration and automation of accessible hardware, especially the OpenFlexure Microscope. Areas of interest include computer vision, distributed manufacturing and accessible healthcare.

Address: 156, Kelvin Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ


PhD Students

Richard Aguiar Maduro 

Research: My doctoral research is focused on the study of atom-light interactions with structured light through atomic rubidium vapour to explore applications in high-precision magnetic and inertial sensing. My research interests include cold atom trapping and sensing, BECs, and atom interferometry.

Address: Level 1, Kelvin Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Zhenyu Wan 

Research: Quantum Imaging, Ghost Imaging, Structured Light


Sphinx Svensson 

Research: Cold atom optics, structured light, optomagnetic ion trapping


Grant MacGruer 

Research: My PhD involves working on an existing methane camera and looking towards potential modifications and applications of its design. Research interests include gas imaging, infrared technologies and instrument development.

Address: Level 3, Advanced Research Centre, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

Amy McWilliam 

Research: My PhD project involves the generation of vector beams in order to determine correlations between different degrees of freedom, with the aim of identifying classical analogues to quantum entanglement. The focus will also be given to the propagation of vectorial light fields through nonlinear media.


Osian Wolley 

Research: My PhD project is investigating imaging with the use of quantum illumination and machine learning, the aim being imaging with near-total rejection of background light and detector noise. Potential applications include microscopy, bio-imaging and security. 

Address: Level 3, Advanced Research Centre, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

Honorary Members/Visitors

Elina Köster (Visiting Postgraduate Research Student

Research Interests: Weak measurements, Foundational Questions in Quantum Physics, Imaging. 

JiaYou Lim 

Research InterestsMy doctoral research focuses on Single-Pixel Imaging using deep learning neural networks, especially single-pixel image reconstruction, super-resolution and various real-world single-pixel imaging applications. My current research interests include image processing, compressed signal recovery and other computer vision-based applications.

Dr Claire Cisowski 

Research InterestsStructured light (OAM beams, vector beams, Poincaré beams), geometric phases of light, integrated optics.

Dr Po-Cheng Lin  

Visiting Researcher 

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics and plasma physics, especially in extreme event formation, synchronization, phase transition, topological defects, Lagrangian descriptions, hydrodynamics turbulence and wave turbulence; Other topics in acoustics, like acoustic levitation and acoustic vortices.  


Dr Eric Yao 

Senior Lecturer

Physics Education and Research: My main area of interest is in holistic student-centred teaching interventions that enhance learning. This encompasses projects ranging from epistemology and learning theories to student data analysis and specific learning & assessment recipes. My expertise and strong track record are in maximising student effort and student self-efficacy.

Address: Room 232a, Kelvin Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Telephone: +44 141 330 6190

Dr Chunfang Wang  

Honorary Research Fellow

Research Interests:

Address: 156, Kelvin Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Prof Sebastião Pádua 

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
SUPA Visiting Lecturer

Research Interests: Quantum optics, quantum information and nonlinear optics: High dimensional quantum states characterization and application, quantum imaging, quantum interferometry, photonic circuits, structured light, foundations of quantum physics, topological phase.

Telephone: 05531994406712