Michael Tanner

Associate Professor

Email: m.tanner@hw.ac.uk

Michael Tanner is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, having previously spent time at the Universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, and Glasgow. He has strong links to clinical research at the University of Edinburgh.

Coming from a background in single photon detection, he has a desire to apply advanced technologies to healthcare challenges. He has extensive experience in photonic technologies such as enhanced optical fibre endoscopy/sensing and time resolved photon counting imaging/spectroscopy. He has a particular focus on translating technology out of the lab. He is pursuing this with ongoing funding from EPSRC, MRC, and Scottish Enterprise in topics ranging across photodynamic therapy, women’s health, photon transit through tissue, and widefield clinical imaging systems.

He is currently translating time resolved imaging systems to first in human studies with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and is advancing this technology commercially.


Outside of work Michael cycles, fixes old motorbikes, rides them when they are working, and enjoys exploring the Scottish hills.


Selective plane illumination optical endomicroscopy with polymer imaging fibers (2023) 
Roldán-Varona P, Ross CA, Rodríguez-Cobo L, López-Higuera JM, Gaughan E, Dhaliwal K, Tanner MG, Thomson RR, Parker HE.



High resolution TCSPC imaging of diffuse light with a one-dimensional SPAD array scanning system (2022).
E P McShane, H K Chandrasekharan, A Kufcsák, N Finlayson, A T Erdogan, R K Henderson, K Dhaliwal, R R Thomson, M G Tanner


Frugal filtering optical lenses for point-of-care diagnostics (2020)
Long J, Parker HE, Ehrlich K, Tanner MG, Dhaliwal K, Mills B.


Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Fluorescence Quenching in Optical Fibre-Based pH Sensors (2020)
Ehrlich K, Choudhary TR, Ucuncu M, Megia-Fernandez A, Harrington K, Wood HAC, Yu F, Choudhury D, Dhaliwal K, Bradley M, Tanner MG.


Molecular detection of Gram-positive bacteria in the human lung through an optical fiber–based endoscope (2020).
Mills B, Megia-Fernandez A, Norberg D, Duncan S, Marshall A, Akram AR, Quinn T, Young I, Bruce AM, Scholefield E, Williams GOS, Krstajić N, Choudhary TR, Parker HE, Tanner MG, Harrington K, Wood HAC, Birks TA, Knight JC, Haslett C, Birks TA, Knight JC, Haslett C, Dhaliwal K, Bradley M, Ucuncu M, Stone JM.


Ultrafast-laser-ablation-assisted spatially selective attachment of fluorescent sensors onto optical fibers (2020)
Kamaljith V, Tanner MG, Wood HAC, Harrington K, Choudhury D, Bradley M, Thomson RR.


Fibre-based spectral ratio endomicroscopy for contrast enhancement of bacterial imaging and pulmonary autofluorescence (2019)

Parker HE, Stone JM, Marshall ADL, Choudhary TR, Thomson RR, Dhaliwal K, Tanner MG.


High fidelity fibre-based physiological sensing deep in tissue (2018)

Choudhary TR, Tanner MG, Megia-Fernandez A, Harrington K, Wood HA,  Marshall A, Zhu P, Chankeshwara SV, Choudhury D, Monro G, Ucuncu M, Yu F, Duncan RR, Thomson RR, Dhaliwal K, Bradley M.


Early arriving photon imaging for locating optical endomicroscopy fibres and medical devices (2018).
Tanner M G, Choudhary T, Craven T, Mills B, Bradley M, Henderson R, Dhaliwal K, Thomson RR.


pH sensing through a single optical fibre using SERS and CMOS SPAD line arrays (2017)
K Ehrlich, A Kufcsák, S McAughtrie, H Fleming, N Krstajic, C J Campbell, R K Henderson, K Dhaliwal, R R Thomson, M G Tanner.


Ballistic and snake photon imaging for locating optical endomicroscopy fibres (2017).
Tanner MG, Choudhary TR, Craven TH, Mills B, Bradley M, Henderson RK, Dhaliwal K, Thomson, RR.


Time-resolved spectroscopy at 19,000 lines per second using a CMOS SPAD line array enables advanced biophotonics applications (2017).
A Kufcsák, A Erdogan, R Walker, K Ehrlich, M Tanner, A Megia-Fernandez, E Scholefield, P Emanuel, K Dhaliwal, M Bradley, R K Henderson, N Krstajić.


Two-color widefield fluorescence microendoscopy enables multiplexed molecular imaging in the alveolar space of human lung tissue (2016).
Krstajić N, Akram AR, Choudhary TR, McDonald N, Tanner MG, Pedretti E, Dalgarno PA, Scholefield E, Girkin JM, Moore A.


Endoscopic sensing of alveolar pH (2016).
Choudhury D, Tanner MG, McAughtrie S, Yu F, Mills B, Choudhary TR, Seth S, Craven TH, Stone JM, Mati IK, Campbell CJ , Bradley M, Williams CKI, Dhaliwal K, Birks TA, Thomson RR.

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