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Professor Adrian Podoleanu

Professor of Biomedical Optics

School of Physical Sciences


Professor Adrian Podoleanu has been presented with a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

The award is in recognition of pioneering research on optical coherence tomography by the Applied Optics Group (AOG), which he leads. The AOG is home to about 15 academics, research staff and postgraduate students working on a range of optical coherence tomography projects that have fed into both clinical use and industrial applications.

Adrian Podoleanu obtained his PhD in 1984 from the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania where he was an associate professor of Physics till 1992. He has joined the University of Kent in 1993 as a Tempus fellow and was appointed Professor of Biomedical Optics in 2004.

Supported by a prestigious European Research Council Advanced Research Fellowship he has advanced the technology of optical coherence tomography closer to live presentations of real-time 3D views of the volumes of tissue imaged.

In 2015, Adrian Podoleanu’s research was among a selected number of projects chosen by the Institute of Physics (IoP) to represent UK universities. The projects – which were all found to have high impact in the last national assessment of research excellence – were included in a booklet, titled Inspirational science for a modern economy, launched at the Palace of Westminster.

Adrian Podoleanu is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Institute of Physics.


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