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Research interests:

Nanophotonics: light interacting with matter at the nanoscale. Structured light. Random lasers. Nanoparticles.

Lasers for sensing, communications and biomedical applications.  

Current projects:

Optical free-space communications

Optical sensing and spectroscopy

Light propagation in water and turbid media

Contact for information re PhD candidature.


Expertise: A focus on applications of optics tailored for the needs of end-users in medicine, dentistry, communications and environmental monitoring. 


Postdoctoral and Research student supervision and co-supervision  

5 Postdoctoral associates and 18 PhD graduates – of whom 14 are working in Australian or international photonics industry or universities: others are working in teaching, patent law or managerial roles.

11 Masters graduates - all are working in photonics or related industry or university positions

11 Honours (4th year) graduates – 8 are working in photonics or related industry, 2 are working in medicine, one is in patent law.



1988, Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia.

1985, Rotary International Foundation Fellowship, University of Rochester, NY.


Research Funding-External Competitive: Australian Research Council (~AU$47 million)

Research Funding-Competitive & Internal to the University (~ $3 million)


Professional Societies

1984-present, American Physical Society.

1984-present, Optica. (Fellow from 2019)

1990-present, Australian Optical Society.

1995-present, SPIE (Fellow from 2018)

2021-present, Royal Society of NSW, (Fellow from 2021). 

1996-2006, American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (Fellow from 2002-2006)

2007-2014, elected Councillor of the Australian Optical Society.

2008-2012, elected Vice President then President, of the Australian Optical Society.

2017- 2021, elected Honorary Treasurer, Science and Technology Australia.

2021-2024, Australian delegate to International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and commission on Laser Science and Photonics.

2022-2024, elected Director at Large, Optica Board of Directors, (formerly OSA). 


Macquarie University Administration 

Head of Department, Physics and Astronomy (2013-2015),

Elected member of Academic Senate (2017- 2022),

Chair, Faculty Women in STEM committee (2016- 2019)

Director, MQ Photonics Research Centre (2019- )

Research Director, Deputy Head, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2022- )



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