School of Physical Sciences

Professor Adrian Podoleanu

School of Physical Sciences - Professor of Biomedical Optics

01227 82(3272)


SCOPUS ID: 26638425000:




Additional Roles:

  • Head of Applied Optics Group

Adrian Podoleanu received the Ph.D. degree in Electronics from the Electronics and Telecommunications Faculty, Technical University of Bucharest, Romania in 1984. He began his career teaching at the Technical University Bucharest, Romania. As an associate professor, he taught Physics, Optics and Optoelectronics and developed research on Lasers and fast optoelectronics.

Since 2004 he is a Full Professor of Biomedical Optics in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK and heads the Applied Optics Group. His research interests focus on optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging the eye, distance measurements using low coherence interferometry, subnanosecond dwell time multichannel digital correlation, sensing and secure optical communications. He contributed towards development of the en-face OCT imaging as a novel technology to complement the more conventional longitudinal OCT imaging, towards the dual imaging instrument for the eye, OCT/SLO and towards Fourier domain OCT with no mirror terms (using Talbot bands).

He is involved in teaching of non-invasive optical imaging methods with emphasis on OCT, Electromagnetism and Optics and Medical Physics.


  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2015;
  • European Research Council, Advanced Research Fellowship, 2010-2015;
  • Ambassador’s Diploma, Embassy of Romania in the UK, 24 Oct. 2009;
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2004 - 2006;
  • The Romanian Academy “Constantin Miculescu” prize for research in Lasers and Nonlinear Optics in 1984.

Fellowships And Honours

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting professor: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA, 2008-2015;
  • Visiting professor: Victor Babes University of Pharmacy and Medicine Timisoara, Romania, since 2013;
  • Distinguished visitor University of Auckland, New Zealand, April 2013.


Convenor PH504, Electromagnetism and Optics Convenor PH513, Medical Physics Convenor PH800, Biomedical Optics (.doc)

Research Output

Book chapters: 15

Articles in peer reviewed journals: 199

Communications at conferences: over 650 (resulting in proceedings of or longer than 3 pages, over 323);

Patents: 20 awarded, 5 patent applications.

Invited talks and seminars: 72.

He is a member in the editorial boards of 8 journals, chaired 8 international conferences and acted as a member in the organising committees of over 40 international conferences.

He is director of Optopod Ltd, a spin-out of the University of Kent involved in spectral OCT.

Top publishing author in the University for 2010 - 2015



1st in the Top 100 authors, by number of publications at the University of Kent over the period 2012 to 2015.

For a full list of publications please click here. (pdf)

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Zurauskas, M. et al. (2015). Closed loop tracked Doppler optical coherence tomography based heart monitor for the Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Journal of Biophotonics [Online].
Costa, C. et al. (2015). Swept source optical coherence tomography Gabor fusion splicing technique for microscopy of thick samples using a deformable mirror. Journal of Biomedical Optics [Online] 20:016012-016012.
Sinescu, C. et al. (2015). Noninvasive quantitative evaluation of the dentin layer during dental procedures using optical coherence tomography. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine [Online] 2015:0-0.
Canjau, S. et al. (2015). Optical coherence tomography for non-invasive ex vivo investigations in dental medicine — A joint group experience (Review). Sovremennye Tehnologii v Medicine [Online] 7:97-114.
Moser, S., Lee, P. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). An FPGA Architecture for Extracting Real-Time Zernike Coefficients from Measured Phase Gradients. Measurement Science Review [Online] 15:92-100.
Cernat, R. et al. (2015). Simultaneous measurement of flow at several depths using multiple active paths in a low-coherence interferometer. IEEE Photonics Journal [Online] 7:0-0.
Oancea, R. et al. (2015). Assessment of the sealant/tooth interface using optical coherence tomography. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology [Online] 29:49-58.
Stancu, R. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Short ring cavity swept source based on a highly reflective chirped FBG. Photonic Sensors [Online] 5:251-256.
Bradu, A. et al. (2015). Master slave en-face OCT/SLO. Biomedical Optics Express [Online] 6:3655.
Marques, M., Bradu, A. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Two-Grating Talbot Bands Spectral Domain Interferometer. Optics Letters [Online] 40:4014-4017.
Bradu, A. et al. (2015). On the possibility of producing true real-time retinal cross-sectional images using a graphics processing unit enhanced master-slave optical coherence tomography system. Journal of Biomedical Optics [Online] 20:76008.
Marques, M. et al. (2015). Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system tolerant to fiber disturbances using a line camera. Optics Letters [Online] 40:3858-3861.
Demian, D. et al. (2014). Design and testing of prototype handheld scanning probes for optical coherence tomography. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine [Online] 228:743-753.
Rominu, M. et al. (2014). Zirconia enriched dental adhesive: A solution for OCT contrast enhancement. Demonstrative study by synchrotron radiation microtomography. Dental Materials [Online] 30:417-423.
Marcauteanu, C. et al. (2014). Quantitative evaluation of dental abfraction and attrition using a swept-source optical coherence tomography system. Journal of Biomedical Optics [Online] 19.
Showing 15 of 427 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]

Publications in the last 12 Months

A list of all publications in the last 12 months can be found here. (.pdf)

Research interests

  • Non-invasive imaging of the tissue, especially optical coherence tomography and confocal microscopy
  • Optical sensing
  • Fast optoelectronics
  • Optics Group Research Pages


  • PG: PH800, Biomedical Optics
  • 2nd year: Electromagnetism and Optics II (PH504); 
  • 3rd year: Relativity, Optics and Maxwell's equations (PH604); 
  • Biomedical Optics (within the unit Medical Physics, PH513); 
  • PH700 


Lasers in Medicine and Life Sciences, Szeged, Hungary, 13-18 July 2015

Optical Coherence Tomography Part A, 16th July 2015, on youtube

Optical Coherence Tomography Part B, 16th July 2015, on youtube

Podoleanu Group

Professor Adrian Podoleanu is head of the Applied Optics Group.


Contact information

Office information

Room 301, Ingram Building

School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 08/02/2016