Research and techniques
Our research breaks down into two main themes: the swimming behavior of eukaryotes (cells with nuclei), and of bacteria. We approach these topics from a physics background, and develop new microscopy and image processing techniques. Click the pictures or the section headings for more details.
Eukaryotes and holography
Most of our work on eukaryotes has focused on the development of high-speed holographic microscopy to image the swimming behavior of the malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei. Click the image for more details, including how the holographic microscopy works. If you'd like to have a go at some holographic microscopy yourself, have a look at our downloads page (link to the left) where you can get our software for free, along with some sample data (the LabVIEW software package is required).
Bacteria and scattering
We have developed several techniques for measuring bacterial motility, including the use of a colloid physics technique - Differential Dynamic Microscopy (DDM). Click the image for more details.