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Bioengineering Imaging Group

The Bioengineering Imaging Group is a world-leader in the development of the ‘microscope-in-a-needle’ technology for clinical use.   

Our successful ‘imaging needle’ technology is used to design and build novel imaging devices to explore the body, and then translate these devices into clinical usage. These highly miniaturised, fibre-optic imaging probes are small enough to be encased within a hypodermic needle and can be inserted deep into the body to acquire fluorescence and optical coherence tomography images.

Based in the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP), which is part of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), the Bioengineering Imaging Group has strong research programs in optical coherence tomography and fluorescence imaging, with a particular focus on developing new optical imaging technologies. 

Our research team is a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, physicists and computer scientists who work together with clinicians. Our skills complement the expertise already within the CNBP. Together, we are exploring novel applications and deployment of fibre sensing and fibre imaging across the three biological challenges of the CNBP: 

  • using new probes and sensors developed by the centre to explore blood vessels with greater precision, in order to better understand the factors that regulate their function
  • using nanoscale biophotonics approaches to measure ions and metabolites, DNA, RNA and associated proteins, to understand the dynamic processes between maternal microenvironment and the beginning of life
  • using new probes and techniques to identify the origin, actions and behavioural consequences of central nervous system immune signals, and explore their role in the sensations of touch and pain. 

Our group is also extending these current biological research programs to brain cancer and lung disease. 

Lead researcher: Professor Robert McLaughlin

Research team


Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree with us?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.