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. 

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