Dr Steve Lee

Group Leader
PhD (Optics), B.Eng (EE)
+61 2 6125 6058
+61 2 6125 5476

Steve Lee completed his undergraduate training in Electronics Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and a PhD in Optics at Optical Trapping Group at the University of St Andrews (UK) . Prior to his PhD studies, Dr Lee has worked as an optical engineer/senior technical consultant for 3 years with a focus on developing commerical laser scanning instruments (Einst Tech Pte Ltd). During his PhD with Prof Kishan Dholakia and Prof Ewan Wrighthe developed new optical manipulation technologies for biological and nanoparticles. He performed the first conclusive nonlinear light measurements on artifical kerr medium and built a multimodality bioworkstation. In 2010, he left the UK to pursue a 2-year postdoctoral training at Wellman Photomedicine/Harvard Medical School (USA) with Prof S H Andy Yun, where he developed adaptive intravital endomicroscopy for live small animal imaging. That is followed by a short stint as a Vice Chancellor Fellow at UNSW on nanowire optical manipulation. In 2013, he started his own research group (Applied Optics Lab) at ANU Research School of Engineering and BioOptics Imaging Lab at JCSMR that focus on developing novel optical techniques and instruments to harness light for application in biomedicine and nanotechnology, where he recently won the 2014 ANSTO Eureka Prize for developing low cost elastomer optics. In 2014, he joins ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging as an Associated Investigator to develop the next generation of intravital microscopy for in-vivo imaging. In 2015, he receive an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). In 2016, he joins ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics as an Associated Investigator.

Biomedical Photonics, Applied Optics, Biofluids

Recent publications

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