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The Australian National University

Dr W M Steve Lee

B.Eng (Hons) | NTU, PhD | St. Andrews
FERL Fellow/ Lecturer
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
T: +61261256058

Areas of expertise

  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Biomedical Engineering 0903
  • Biomedical Instrumentation 090303
  • Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (Incl. Biosensors) 100402
  • Optical Physics 0205
  • Nanometrology 100710
  • Nanophotonics 100711
  • Soft Condensed Matter 020405

Research interests


|Applied Optical Metrology |Biomedical Optics| Digital Optics | Optical force spectroscopy | Optical Nanomanipulation | Microscopy Instrumentation |

Advanced optical metrology techniques (interferometry, diffractive optics, quantitative fluoresence etc) are now being used in medicine (Bio-Optics) and Nanotechnology (Nano-Optics).

Bio-optics focus on harnessing the medicinal value of light through optical technology so as to understand, detect and intervene diseases in a living subject at the finest detail and earliest time point possible. Biomedical optical techniques includes non-invasive optical biopsy, deep tissue imaging, adaptive retinal imaging,  photodynamic therapy, laser nano-surgery and laser drug delivery. 

Nano-Optics, on the other hand, uses focused light field to excite and control nanostructures. A highly focused light field can be used manipulate and probe single nanoparticles. 

Our work have been publicity in various media outlets include web, print, TV,  radio. The Australian,, Xinhua, Time of India, Physics World, Materials Today, Cosmos  etc 


  • 2013 - Present, Lecturer/FERL Fellow, Research School of Engineering, Australian National University(AUS)
  • 2012,Vice Chancellor Fellow, School of Physics, University of New South Wales (AUS)
  • 2010-2012, Research Fellow, Wellman Centre for Photomedicine(USA)
  • 2010-2012, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University(USA)
  • 2010, Senior Technical Consultant, Einst Technology Pte. Ltd (Singapore)
  • 2006-2010, Graduate Research Assistant,University of St. Andrews (UK)

Researcher's projects

 AOM Lab

Current research directions:

  • Holographic Microscopy 
  • Multiphoton microendoscopy 
  • Mobile Healthcare Solutions
  • Flexible Optics
Research Collaborations:
  • Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging, 
  • Dr Tri Phan, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Ms Cathy Gillespie, BioMedical Optics Collaboration with MCRF, JCSMR 
  • Dr Vincent Daria, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience - JCSMR
  • Prof.  Andrei Rode, ANU Laser Physics 
  • Dr Jong Chow, ANU Fiber Sensors Group 

Available student projects

Motivated students are encouraged to contact me to pursue alternative research projects.

Current student projects


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Updated:  28 March 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers