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Gail McConnell , Prof.

Her research background is in photonics and the development of optical instrumentation. Her present research applies this expertise to develop and apply innovative novel optical systems to address fundamental challenges faced in biological imaging.

As the life sciences communities continue to embrace optical imaging, the growing range of applications places greater demands on the optical technology required. Robust and simple to use systems are sought to improve the efficiency and ease of existing imaging techniques. Nonlinear optics has demonstrated great potential in creating useful solutions for advanced optical imaging, exploiting higher order effects not not only to improve existing imaging methods but also to assist with the creation of new imaging techniques.

Current projects involve innovations in nonlinear optics to create new enabling technologies. These include custom-designed laser systems for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy, the creation of 'open source' laser scanning microscopy platforms, the application of optical methods to control the function and behaviour of biological organisms and the development of diagnostic tools and measurement techniques applied in optical imaging. Her research has been funded through a variety of sources including EPSRC, BBSRC and EU Framework Programme, and has involved a number of national and international collaborators with skills across the full range of scientific disciplines.