School of Physical Sciences

Professor A.Gh Podoleanu

Professor of Biomedical Optics

Head of Applied Optics Group
Ingram Building,  Room 301
Telephone: (01227) 823272
Fax: 01227 827558

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Adrian Gh. 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).

In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) (for major contributions to the science and engineering of biomedical optics, including contributions to optical coherence tomography, retinal imaging and adaptive optics) and a Fellow of the International society for optics and photonics (SPIE) (for achievements in ophthalmic imaging and optical coherence tomography).

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


  • 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.


Book chapters: 11
Articles in peer reviewed journals: 174
Communications at conferences: over 550 (resulting in proceedings of or longer than 3 pages, over 260);
Patents: 20 awarded, 5 patent applications.
Invited talks and seminars: over 60.

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 and a visiting professor in the New York Medical College.


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

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Last Updated: 12/05/2014