Assistant Professor in Physics, Heriot-Watt University

I lead the Advanced Microscopy Group at Heriot-Watt University, which specializes in developing new microscopy and analytical techniques for the life sciences. My primary work focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations with core activities based on 4D imaging, multi-parameter microscopy, fluorescent lifetime imaging and the application of single photon detector arrays to life science imaging. I am heavily involved in public outreach and engagement leading activities and in 2017 was very proud to be awarded the Heriot-Watt student association Switched-On teaching Oscar for most exciting, enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer.

I obtained an MPhys degree in physics in 2001 before graduating with a PhD from Heriot-Watt in 2005 on the study of self-assembled semiconductor quantum dots. Until 2009 I worked on semiconductor quantum optics, notably single photon sources, quantum dot physics and microcavities, before moving to St Andrews to study single molecule spectroscopy of RNA. In 2011 I returned to Heriot Watt as a research fellow in the newly formed Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3). Since 2012 I has been an Assistant Professor and group leader of the Advanced Microscopy Group.

In my spare time I enjoy sport and exercise, notably long distance and trail running. My young son keeps me pretty busy outside work, but I still get time to enjoy the occasional science fiction novel or movie.


  • –present
    Lecturer Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University