John M. Girkin

University of Durham, United Kingdom


John M. Girkin received his first degree from Oxford University before undertaking his Ph.D. degree in laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen initially in Oxford and then moving to Southampton with his supervisor, Professor Allister Ferguson. He then worked for 10 years in industry initially with Photon Control (which became Thor Labs) where he developed the world's first commercial diode pumped Nd:Yag laser and subsequently with Keeler Ltd, an ophthalmic company in Windsor, where he produced the first commercial diode laser system for retinal photocoagulation as well as several ophthalmic imaging instruments. Girkin moved to the newly formed Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde in 1996 developing the research team looking for applications of photonic technology to a range of applications. A strong focus of this work was on the instrumentation of the life sciences in particular optical microscopy. Having founded the Centre for Biophotonics at the University of Strathclyde, Girkin moved to Durham University in 2009 as a Professor of Biophysics. He is now the Director of the Biophysical Sciences Institute at Durham University. In the recent years, he has been one of the pioneers of adaptive optics in optical microscopy. Girkin has nearly 100 peer reviewed publications in a very wide range of journals and 5 patents showing the practical application of his research.

Biography Updated on 4 September 2011

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