Dr. Abdullah Ahmed studied at Oxford Brookes University where he pursued a joint PhD project between the University and Evotec, focusing on characterization of the mechanism of cancer signalling to provide novel targets and cures. Based at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) in Harwell Oxford he had access to commercial Zeiss, Leica, Nikon and other home-built microscope systems to further his research on mTOR signaling employing fixed cell and live cell imaging using confocal microscopy. He developed and used fluorescent imaging technologies to observe localisation and interactions of proteins in conjunction with FRET–FLIM (Förster resonance energy transfer measured by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy). Furthermore, work with super-resolution microscopy techniques, important to aspects of the research project and for driving the bio-imaging facility at OCTOPUS (STFC) was imperative during his doctorate. After finishing his studies, he joined Leica Leica Microsystems in 2019 as an Advanced Workflow Specialist.