Technology Development at Micron

Ian Dobbie


Lead Technical Developer

Ian has over 15 years experience in biological imaging gained in a range of leading academic institutes. He gained a degree in physics and a masters in computer modelling before moving on to do a PhD in muscle mechanics at the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at Kings College London. Since then he has been working in imaging with a range of biological systems at number of world class research centres including, Cancer Research UK, Kings College London and The University of Oxford. Over the last 10 years he has specialised in advanced fluorescence microscopy.

Ian currently works on a wide range of hardware and software development projects, as well as involvement with Micron's many teaching commitments.


Mick Phillips


Mick obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham for work on fundamental surface science, combining theoretical work and a number of experimental techniques exploiting synchrotron radiation, followed by a post-doctoral position at Trinity College Dublin, where he worked on novel applications of atomic force microscopy in materials- and life-sciences. He later joined the UK's National Physical Laboratory to work on emerging techniques and standards for the analysis of surfaces and nanoparticles, before joining Asylum Research, a leading instrument manufacturer in this field.

Mick joined Micron in 2013. He has helped provide a super-resolution imaging user facility at Diamond, and established methods to correlate information from this system with that from synchrotron-based X-ray microscopy. He is also working on the 4Pi-SMS interferometric microscope project.


Mantas Žurauskas


My current research is focused on applying adaptive optics in microscopy with the aim of enabling fast three dimensional imaging in highly scattering tissues.

I have developed my interest in biomedical imaging during my master studies in optics and photonics at Imperial College, London. Prior to continuing my education, I have acquired some valuable industrial experience while optical design engineer in a microscopy spin-off company. I have obtained my PhD in University of Kent, where I have developed a novel method for multiplexed optical coherence tomography imaging. The systems that I have built were employed for accurate assessment of thermal damage in muscle tissues, and for non invasive continuous monitoring of fruit fly heart.


Nick Hall


Nick is a Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging (ONBI) CDT DPhil student. His doctoral research focuses on optical aberration correction for SIM systems using adaptive optics


Matthew Wincott


Matthew is working in to develop a low-cost open microscopy platform. The system being developed uses a low-cost microprocessor, the Raspberry Pi, to interface with hardware and provide a user-friendly microscope interface. The project is developed with a strong focus on designing the microscope as a learning tool. To this end, the microscope will be low-cost, robust, and include many elements that can be fabricated using a 3d printer. Matthew is working in collaboration with Micron from the Engineering department. 


David Pinto


I am Micron's image analysis guy. I have experience with multiple imaging systems and environment for their analysis but mainly, I want to help users to establish automatic workflows for their analysis. Under the alias of Carnë Draug, I have contributed to several FOSS projects from text editors to build tools, always with the aim of scratching some itch. I am currently also the maintainer of the Octave's package for image processing. However, my academic background is in Biology (proper old-school biology where you dissect owl vomit to assess population density of different rodents) and I have a real interest on the questions that we can make computers answer.

So please, do come over and let's talk about your projects over a cup of coffee.