Robert Thomson

Professor of Photonics


Rob is Professor of Photonics at Heriot Watt University. He is interested in the applications of light in areas such as clinical and biomedical photonics, laser manufacturing and advanced optical instrumentation. Specific current interests include the development of new fibre-optic technologies for the minimally invasive imaging of tissues with unprecedented resolution, new light-based therapies for treating infection and resecting tissues with extreme precision, and new photonic approaches to interrogating tissues in a label free manner with the aim of guiding clinical decisions. He has been awarded ~£35M in funding since 2009 (~£11M as PI and £24M as Co-I) and is Principal Investigator of the £6.1M “U-care” Programme Grant, which was funded as part of the EPSRC “Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 call”. Robert collaborates closely with industry, and co-founded Optoscribe Ltd which now employs >35 staff and occupies dedicated manufacturing premises in Livingston – UK. Outside of work, Robert enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with the family and friends. 


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.


Computational Fluorescence Suppression in Shifted Excitation Raman Spectroscopy (2023).
Jenkins N, Ehrlich K, Kufcsak A, Yerolatsitis S, Fernandes S, Young I, Hamilton K, Wood HA, Quinn T, Young V, Akram AR, Stone JM, Thomson RR, Finlayson K, Dhaliwal K, Seth S.


Tri-mode optical biopsy probe with fluorescence endomicroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (2022).
Wood HA, Ehrlich K, Yerolatsitis S, Kufcsák A, Quinn TM, Fernandes S, Norberg D, Jenkins NC, Young V, Young I, Hamilton K, Seth S, Akram AR,Thomson RR, Finlayson K, Dhaliwal K, Stone JM.


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


Solitary pulmonary nodule imaging approaches and the role of optical fibre-based technologies (2021).

Fernandes S, Williams G, Williams E, Ehrlich K, Stone J, Finlayson N, Bradley M, Thomson RR, Akram AR, Dhaliwal K


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.


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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