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Aston University researcher named in Photonics top 100

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Aston University

Professor Igor Meglinski


Professor Igor Meglinski

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  • Aston University professor named in international Top 100 of Photonics
  • Professor Igor Meglinski’s research overlaps engineering and health sciences
  • He applies his photonics knowledge to develop methods to detect diseases such as dementia and cancer.


An Aston University professor has been named in an international Top 100 of Photonics key players.


Igor Meglinski, professor in quantum bio-photonics and biomedical engineering was elected by fellow experts as one of the Top 100 in the field of photonics – the science and technology of light.


Although he is based in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences his research overlaps engineering and life and health sciences. He applies his photonics knowledge to develop methods to detect diseases such as dementia and cancer, and among his achievements is the application of circularly polarised light for cancer detection.


He is widely recognised for his pioneering research in cell and tissue imaging using polarised light, as well as his recent ground-breaking work in utilising vector laser light carrying orbital angular momentum for medical and biomedical diagnostics.

Other research projects include functional imaging of blood and lymph flows, neuroimaging and brain malformation studies. 

He has authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific papers and presented over 800 presentations at major international conferences in the field, including over 200 keynote and plenary talks and invited lectures.

Since 2019 he has been professor at Aston University and last year he was made a Fellow of OPTICA (formerly Optical Society of America) and Fellow of the Royal Microscopic Society (FRMS).


He said: “I am delighted to see that my research efforts and their outcomes have been nominated and acknowledged by my colleagues as being among the Top 100 in the field of Photonics”.

Warren Clark CEO of Europa Science who organised the Photonics 100 said: "We've been delighted by the engagement with this, our second year of the Photonics100 - more nominations than ever, illustrating the depth and breadth of talent that the industry has within it. Congratulations to Igor and all this year's nominees - and thanks to all the team here at Europa Science for the mammoth effort that goes into making this exciting project a reality."

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