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The Australian National University

Dr W M (Steve) Lee

B.Eng (Electronics) , PhD (Optics)
Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA
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 Lab

  1. Optical Forces; Self-assembly, Nanoparticle Investigate optical forces at the nanoscale 
  2. Phase Manipulation and Novel Micro-Optics; Holography, Beam shaping, Adaptive Optics, GRIN Optics, Spiral phase plates, Soft lenses -Develop novel optical elements and holographic methods for beam-shaping and imaging
  3. Advanced In-vivo Imaging and Manipulation; Intravital Microscopy, Optical Trapping, Digital Holographic Microscopy, Force spectroscopy - We combine advanced optics/software/optical instrumentation to deliver in-vivo microscopy systems.


  • 2016 -  , Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA ,Research School of Engineering, The Australian National University
  • 2016-  , Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics,
  • 2014-  , Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging, 
  • 2013 - 2015, Lecturer/FERL Fellow, Research School of Engineering, The Australian National University
  • 2012,Vice Chancellor Fellow, School of Physics, University of New South Wales
  • 2010-2012, Research Fellow, Wellman Centre for Photomedicine
  • 2010-2012, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
  • 2010, Senior Technical Consultant, Einst Technology Pte. Ltd 
  • 2006-2010, Graduate Research Assistant,University of St. Andrews 

Researcher's projects

Available student projects

Motivated students are encouraged to contact me for possible research projects.

- Light Sheet Microscopy for Biomechanics

- Microfluidic system for artifical cells manipulation

- Multimodality Imaging for Live Animals


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  28 October 2016 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers