Mark Neil studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge before pursuing his Ph.D. in Optical Information Processing at the Engineering Department there. Moving then to the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University he continued his work in Optics as a post-doctoral researcher and college lecturer until joining the Photonics Group in the Physics Department at Imperial in 2002, where he became Professor in 2009.
With such a broad academic background it is hardly surprising that he often finds himself working in multidisciplinary projects alongside engineers, medics, chemists and biologists and on problems as diverse as studying the inner workings of cancer cells to the manufacture of mirrors for forthcoming generations of extremely large astronomical telescopes. While imaging, microscopy and metrology are the mainstays of his work, underpinning this are technologies that enable the control of light by computer that are now changing how we view the potential applications of optical systems.
et al., 2008, Stimulated emission depletion microscopy with a supercontinuum source and fluorescence lifetime imaging, Optics Letters, Vol:33, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:113-115
et al., 2007, Optical techniques for imaging membrane lipid microdomains in living cells, Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, Vol:18, ISSN:1084-9521, Pages:591-598
et al., 2008, Micro-LED arrays: a tool for two-dimensional neuron stimulation, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727, Pages:094014-094014
et al., 2007, High speed optically sectioned fluorescence lifetime imaging permits study of live cell signaling events, Optics Express, Vol:15, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:15656-15673
et al., 2009, Solid-state semiconductors are better alternatives to arc-lamps for efficient and uniform illumination in minimal access surgery., Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, Vol:23, ISSN:0930-2794, Pages:518-526
et al., 2008, Efficient flip-chip InGaN micro-pixellated light-emitting diode arrays: Promising candidates for micro-displays and colour conversion, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727, Pages:094002-094002
et al., 2008, Micro-pixellated LEDs for science and instrumentation, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727, Pages:090301-090301
et al., 2008, Fluorescence lifetime imaging using light emitting diodes, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727, Pages:094012-094012
et al., 2008, Fluorescence lifetime imaging distinguishes basal cell carcinoma from surrounding uninvolved skin, British Journal of Dermatology, Vol:159, ISSN:0007-0963, Pages:152-161
et al., 2007, Excitation-resolved hyperspectral fluorescence lifetime imaging using a UV-extended supercontinuum source, Optics Letters, Vol:32, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:3408-3410