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Phil Jones

Group leader and reader in physics.  Phil studied at Cambridge University (Peterhouse) for a BA in Natural Sciences, Imperial College for an MSc in Applied Optics, and Oxford University (Magdalen College) for a DPhil in Atomic & Laser Physics, before joining the AMOPP group at UCL.  From 2014 he is the joint head of the new Biological Physics group.

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Please contact Phil Jones if you are interested in joining the group for a PhD, MSc or MSci/BSc project

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Chris Fury

Chris studied Physics at Exeter University, then obtained an MSc in Fusion Energy from York University. He has joined the group to work on the UCL/NPL optical and acoustic microbubble trapping project.
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Chris Richards

Chris studied Physics at UCL and worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for his MSci project on light-scattering calculations for optical trapping experiments in 2012-13.  He has stayed with us for a PhD project investigating stochastic thermodynamics using optical traps.
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Tom Smart

Tom studied Physics at Leeds University and after graduating in 2012 worked for IoP publishing for a year.  He has joined us for a PhD to work on the Leverhulme Trust funded project investigating stochastic thermodynamics using optical traps.
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Xiang Han

Xiang is a PhD student at the National University of Defense Technology, China.  He is visiting us for two years funded by the China Scholarship Council to work on optical binding.
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Nick Tidy

Nick studied Physics at Birmingham University, graduating in 2014.  He has joined the group for his PhD to work on optical trapping of artificial vesicles, in collaboration with the the Biological Soft Matter Group of Dr Tsutomu Hamada at JAIST.
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Stefan Siwiak-Jaszek

Stefan is a fourth year Natural Sciences student at UCL working in the group for his MSci project in 2014-15.
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Visitors

Onofrio Marago

Onofrio is a researcher in the NanoSoft Lab at the IPCF-CNR, Messina, on the island of Sicily.  He has a long-standing collaboration with the group, previously funded by the Royal Society, and still makes frequent visits.

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Jixiong Pu

Prof Jixiong Pu is Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Information Science and Engineering at Huaqiao University, China.  He was awarded a visiting scholarship to come to UCL from 25 July - 08 September 2013,  His research interests include the generation of partially coherent light beams and their focusing and propagation, vortex beams, tight focusing of stochastic electromagnetic beams, applications of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP), and optical manipulation

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Alessadro Magazzu

Alessandro is a PhD student at the University of Messina and IPCF-CNR.  He is visited us for one month under the COST Action MP1205 on Optofluidics in Oct-Nov 2013.

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Former Members

Adam Plowman

Adam worked in the group for his MSci project on Microswimmers in 2013-14.  He is now studying for a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at Manchester University.
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Marios Sergides

Originally from Cyprus, Marios studied physics at York University, Toronto, followed by an MSc in Optoelectronics at Heriot-Watt and St Andrews Universities.  He is working on optical trapping and binding of microparticles with nanofibres.  In 2013 Marios was awarded a JSPS Fellowship to work with Dr Sile Nic Chormaic at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).

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Susan Skelton

Susan studied at St Andrews University gaining a First Class MPhys degree in physics while working in the group of Prof Kishan Dholakia.  She was awarded a Graduate School Research Scholarship to study for a PhD at UCL and is working on optical nanofibre trapping and binding of microparticles and optical tweezers.  In 2008 Susan won the NPL award for Best Physics Student (judged by the IoP) at the National SET awards for her work on white light diffraction and trapping at St Andrews.  Susan defended her PhD thesis on Applications of cylindrical vector beams to optical micromanipulation in February 2013, for which she was awarded the Carey Foster Prize for the best PhD thesis in AMOPP PHysics at UCL, then was a postdoc in the group of Prof Satoshi Kawata in the Laboratory for Scientific Instrumentation and Engineering (LaSIE) at the University of Osaka, Japan until September 2014.  She has now returned to Prof Dholakia's group in St Andrews as a postdoc.

Mark Ransley

Mark studied Maths (and Music!) at Surrey University, and is now a PhD student on the CoMPLEX DTC programme.  He is working on a project in super-resolution microscopy, co-supervised by Dr Geraint Thomas in 2012-13.
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Zhi Hao Wong

Zhi worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for his MSci project in 2012-13 on Plasmonics: the optical properties of metallic nanoparticles.  He was awarded the MAPS Faculty Medal for the best performance in final year exams, and also the Physics Department William Bragg Prize for best overall undergraduate
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Kelly Thorneycroft

Kelly was a Natural Sciences undergraduate at UCL who worked in the group for her final year (MSci) project in 2011-12.
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Katherine Best

Katherine studied Mathematics at Durham University and worked as an accountant for KPMG before coming to UCL as a student in the CoMPLEX Doctoral Training Centre.  She is working on thickness measurements of biological fluid films using a number of different techniques in an ITPL project co-supervised by Guy Moss (Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology).
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Tom Wyatt

Tom studied Physics at Oxford University and came to UCL as a student in the CoMPLEX Doctoral Training Centre.  He completed his CP1 project on biological applications of interferometry in Dec 2011-Jan 2012, co-supervised by Geraint Thomas (Department of Cell & Developmental Biology).
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William Ashworth

William gained an MSci in Physics from UCL, and is now a student in the CoMPLEX Doctoral Training Centre.  He completed his CP1 project on structured light microscopy in Dec 2011-Jan 2012, co-supervised by Guy Moss (Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology).
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Agata Pawlikowska

Originally from Poland, Agata studied at Wroclaw University of Technology and at Imperial College where she worked on holographic optical trapping and gained an MSc in Optics and Photonics.  In 2010-11 she worked on the UCL/NPL optical and acoustical microbubble trapping project. 
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Ewa Karczewska

Ewa is an undergraduate physics student at UCL.  She was been awarded a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary to work in the Optical Tweezers Group during the summer of 2011.  In the academic year 2011-12 Ewa studied for the third year of her degree at Toronto University, and is starting a PhD in the Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics Group at DAMTP, Cambridge University in 2013.
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Muhammad Abdul (Imran) Khudus

Imran gaind his first degree from Imperial College and worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for his MSc project in 2010-11.  Imran is now studying for a PhD at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton University, in the Optical Microfibre Devices and Sensors Group.
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Radhika Patel

Radhika was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary to work in the Optical Tweezers Group during the summer of 2010, and then returned to the group for her final year MSci project, graduating in 2011.  She is now studying for a PhD with Prof. Neal Skipper in the UCL Condensed Matter Physics Group.
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Andrew Edmonds

Andrew was a Natural Sciences student who wrote about optical tweezers for his third year literature project, 2009-10.
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Soliman Edris

Soliman worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for his MSci project on Optical Solitons in 2009-10.  He was awarded the Burhop Proze for the best performance in Fourth year Physics in 2010, and is presently studying for a PhD in the UCL Laser Cooling Group of Prof. Ferruccio Renzoni.  You can find Soliman's own website here.
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Caroline Harfield

Caroline worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for her MSci project in 2009-10 and went on to obtain a DPhil working on the UCL/Oxford/NPL microbubble trapping project, supervised by Eleanor Stride at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Oxford, in 2014.
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Shazia Khan

Shazia worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for her MSci project on Optical Nanofibres in 2009-10.  She is a former President of Event Horizon, the UCL Physics & Astronomy Society.
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Ben Boatman

Ben studied Mechanical Engineering at UCL before moving to the physics department where he worked on optical tweezing of ultrasound contrast agent microbubbles.
Norman Loeckel

Norman studied Economics & Physics at Rostock University, Germany, and came to UCL to study for an MSc in Physics in 2008-09.  He completed his MSc project on optical trapping with optical vortex beams in the Optical Tweezers Group, and is now studying for a PhD in Economics at LMU, Munich.

Duc Ninh

Duc worked in the Optical Tweezers Group for his MSci project in 2008-09 and graduated with a First Class degree.  He now works for Ernst & Young in Reading.


Nick Elias

Nick completed a BSc project on computer generated holography in 2008-09.  He graduated with a First Class degree and worked for Deloitte for a year before starting an MSc in Automotive Engineering at City University.  You can find Nick's own website here.

Shaady Hussein

Shaady completed a BSc project on computer generated holography in 2008-09, graduating with a First Class degree.  He now works for EFG-Hermes Asset Managemet in UAE.  You can find Shaady's own website here

Alex Dunning

Alex studied for an MSci in Physics at UCL, and was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary to work in the Optical Tweezers Group during the summer of 2009.  He obtained his PhD with Tim Freegarde in the Quantum Control Group at Southampton University, and in 2014 joined Eric Hudson's Quantum Interactions group in UCLA as a postdoc.

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Mikako Makita

Mikako graduated from Imperial College in 2007 and completed her MSc project in the Optical Tweezers Group in 2008. She is now studying for a PhD at Queen's University, Belfast.

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Maqsood 'Max' Ahmed

Max graduated from Edinburgh University in 2007 with a degree in chemistry, and came to UCL to study for a PhD on the CoMPLEx interdisciplinary programme.  He worked in the Optical Tweezers group for his MRes summer project and has gone to the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Centre in the Division of Surgical and Interventional Science (UCL) for his PhD.

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Muddassar Rashid

Muddassar was an undergraduate student at UCL.  He obtained a Nuffield Foundation research bursary to work in the Optical Tweezers group for the summer of 2008, and graduated with a BSc in Physics in 2009.  In 2011-12 Muddassar studied for an MSc in Photon Science at the University of Manchester Photon Science Institute, and from November 2012 is working for a PhD in the Quantum Nanophysics & Matter Wave Interferometry Group at Southampton University, with Dr Hendrik Ulbricht

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Alex Baker

Formerly at JP Morgan, and now working at Cheyne Capital, Alex studyied for a Physics BSc part-time at UCL, graduaing in 2009.  He did a summer project with the group modelling optical vortex beams in 2007, and is now studying for a PhD on electron-molecule collisions with Dr Jimena Gorfinkiel at the Open University.

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Japheth Yates

Japheth worked on a 4C00 (MSci) Physics project on holographic optical tweezers in 2007 - 2008, and graduated with a First Class degree.  He is now back at UCL studying for a PhD in Atmospheric Physics Laboratory.

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Sarah Skoff

Sarah graduated from the Technical University of Graz, Austria, then came to UCL to study for an MSc (2006-07).  For her project she calibrated an optical tweezers and investigated their use for biological force measurements.  She passed with distinction and is now studying for a PhD at the Centre for Cold Matter in the Physics Department at Imperial College.

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John Wright

John completed a 3C00 project on optical tweezing of microbubbles in 2006 (with Steffen Hilgemann). After leaving UCL he became a strategy consultant at L.E.K. and is now a strategy manager for Intercontinental Hotels Group.

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Steffen Hilgemann

Steffen completed a 3C00 project on optical tweezing of microbubbles in 2006 (with John Wright), then obtained an MSc from the Tanaka Business School, Imperial College.  After graduating he worked for the hedge fund Synergy Global Capital, and now works in asset management at Catalina Holdings.

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Seye Bolade

Seye did a 3C00 project on computer generated holography in 2005-06, and then was selected for the Mountbatten Internship Programme, New York City.

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Mathew Kallumadil

Mathew did a 3C00 project on optical tweezers in 2004-05, then went on to study for an MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise at Cambridge University, and is now working for a PhD at the London Centre for Nanotechnology / Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory with Prof Quentin Pankhurst.

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Ben Babington-Browne

Ben did his 3C00 project on optical tweezers in 2004-05, then went on to RMA Sandhurst for officer training and joined 22 Engineer Regiment.  Ben served in Iraq where he achieved the rank of Captain, and in Afghanistan until 2009Lasting tribute to Ben Babington-Browne.

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