Dr Manuel Marques completed his MSc (integrated Masters programme) in Physical Engineering at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Portugal in 2012. He continued his studies at the University of Kent, gaining a PhD in Physics in 2016; his thesis, completed under the supervision of Professor Adrian Podoleanu, is titled 'Spectrometer-based Optical Coherence Tomography Systems with Extended Functionality'.
He is now carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of Kent as a member of the Applied Optics Group.
Dr Marques’ current research project is is 5DHiResE, ‘5-Dimensional High-Resolution non-invasive assessment of mammalian Embryos’, a collaboration with Prof Darren Griffin’s group at the School of Biosciences, University of Kent, funded by a major BBSRC grant. This project involves developing novel OCT imaging devices and probes to assess the viability of in-vitro produced mammalian embryos.
Manuel’s previous project, REBOT, 'Robotic EndoBronchial Optical Tomography', was a collaboration with the Hamlyn Robotics Centre, Imperial College London, which was funded by a major EPSRC grant. It involved developing novel optical solutions for imaging and ranging to be integrated in medical robots within bronchial surgical scenarios. These minimise the invasiveness of lung surgeries, yielding several advantages.
Before REBOT, Manuel worked on the, AMEFOCT project ('Add-on Module for Optical Coherence Tomography with En-face View Option'), which involved developing a proof-of-concept system based upon Master-Slave Interferometry, a technology developed at the Applied Optics Group.