Associate Professor Frederique Vanholsbeeck

Head of Biophotonics - University of Auckland

I love beautiful and useful things hence my passion for architecture that I first studied for 2 years at the Institut superieur d’architecture intercommunal Victor Horta (Brussel, Belgium). Later, I decided to switch to applied physics so I can build devices, like sensors and imaging systems, to solve real world problems.


I completed my Lic. Sc. Phys. at the Science Faculty of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1999 with a Master thesis on lung modeling to detect early sign of diseases. In 2001, I was awarded the Scientific Prize of the Belgian Physical Society for the best Masters thesis in physics. During my PhD I investigated nonlinear optical phenomena in fibres for applications to wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) telecommunication systems and to Raman optical amplifiers. Part of my work in collaboration with Alcatel resulted in a patent. After that brief incursion in nonlinear optics for my PhD thesis (2003) and my postdoc (2004), I went back to looking, literally looking, at biological problems.


Since 2005, I have been leading the biophotonics group at the University of Auckland. I have been working on an all-fibre real time spectroscopic optical probe (or optrode) and on optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging as well as nonlinear imaging.


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Cushla McGoverin

Research Fellow

Cushla is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the FoodSafe project. After graduating from the University of Otago Cushla spent time in the Department of Food Science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University, USA, before returning to New Zealand. She is a spectroscopist who has used Raman, mid- and near-infrared spectroscopies to study a wide range of samples types. Her previous research projects include the use of near-infrared hyperspectral imaging to classify maize hardness, Raman spectroscopic quantification of milk power gross composition and the compositional analysis of cartilage using mid- and near-infrared spectroscopies. 


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Sylwia Kolenderska

Research Fellow

Sylwia is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the Shedding New Light on the Eye project. She finished her PhD studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, in Optical Biomedical Imaging Group led by Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski. The thesis entitled "New methods of microendoscopy utilizing broadband second harmonic generation as well as spatially incoherent light in scattering media" concerned two experimental imaging methods: Optical Coherence Microscopy (kind of OCT but in a "microscopy" mode) with broadband blue laser light and bent-insensitive scanner-free imaging with multimode fibers using speckles. OCM-based experiments were carried out in Torun, whereas the research on scannerless imaging with scattering media was conducted as an internship at Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, France, in collaboration with Ori Katz, the creator of the method, and Sylvain Gigan, the leader of the Parisian group. 

Sylwia's main areas of scientific interest are optics, especially optical imaging methods, as well as biophotonics and experiment-related programming. Sylwia was also a very active member of SPIE and OSA Student Chapters at her alma mater, where with her colleagues she prepared and took part in many student events aiming at popularization of optics among younger generations, and organized conferences for students and PhD students such as SPIE's OPTO Meeting for Young Researchers 2013 and OSA's IONS-14.

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