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The Australian National University

Dr W M Steve Lee

B.Eng (Hons) | NTU, PhD | St. Andrews
Group Leader (Applied Optics Lab)
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 Optics |Biomedical Optics| Optical Microscopy | Endomicroscopy | Optical Manipulation

Our group focuses on developing new optical technologies to image and manipulate soft matter system (biological, colliodal and polymer).

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 


  • 2014- Present, Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging, 
  • 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:

  • Applied Optics
  • Optical Microscope  
  • Microendoscopy
  • Optical Manipulation
Research Collaborations:
  • 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 for possible research projects.

Current student projects


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Updated:  01 December 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers