Professor Adrian Podoleanu

Professor of Biomedical Optics,
Professor of Biomedical Optics and Committee Member,
Head of the Applied Optics Group
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Professor Adrian Podoleanu


Adrian Podoleanu received his PhD 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 has been Professor of Biomedical Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kent, where he  heads the Applied Optics Group. His research interests focus on optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging the eye, distance measurements using low coherence interferometry, sub-nanosecond 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).

Professor Podoleanu is a Faculty Investigator, National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

He is an Honorary Professor of University College London and former Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College, School of Medicine, Touro College. He is the associate secretary of the International Commission of Optics (ICO), 2021-2023 after serving as one of the eight elected Vice-Presidents of the ICO (2017-2020). (In this capacity he Chaired the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics).

Professor Podoleanu's publishing record includes 15 book chapters, over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and over 750 communications at conferences. He is a member of the editorial boards of six journals, has chaired or co-chaired eight international conferences and acted as a member in the organising committees of over 60 international conferences. He has been awarded 22 patents. He is also director of Optopod Ltd, a spin-out of the University of Kent involved in spectral domain OCT.

Research interests

Professor Podoleanu's research interests include:

  • non-invasive imaging of the tissue, especially optical coherence tomography and confocal microscopy
  • optical sensing
  • fast optoelectronics.

His published works may be accessed at:

He has a web of science h-index of 38; Google Scholar: 51 (includes patents).

Research grants

Professor Podoleanu currently has research grants as follows:

Previous grants and activities include:


Professor Podoleanu is involved in the teaching of non-invasive optical imaging methods with emphasis on OCT, electromagnetism and optics, and medical physics.



  • Advanced Research Prize, University of Kent, 2017
  • Excellence Prize for Innovation in Health in the field of optical coherence tomography, at the 2nd Edition of Innovation in Health Awards, Media Systems Communication (MSCo.), Bucharest, Romania, 2015
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2015
  • European Research Council, Advanced Research Fellowship, 2010-2015
  • Ambassador’s Diploma, Embassy of Romania in the UK, 2009
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2004-2006
  • The Romanian Academy 'Constantin Miculescu' prize for research in Lasers and Nonlinear Optics in 1984

Fellowships and honours

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