Our people

Our people

Centre Director

Professor Judith Dawes

Judith Dawes is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and former Head of Department. Her current research in nanophotonics builds on her experience in solid-state lasers and laser applications in medicine. She is a former President of the Australian Optical Society and a Fellow of SPIE and OSA.




Centre Members (A-K)

 Name Contact details

Martin Ams
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Business Development Manager

Australian Hearing Hub 4.514
E: martin.ams@mq.edu.au
P: +61 (2) 9850 5044

Alexander Arriola
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Associate Mid IR
Australian Hearing Hub- 16 University Avenue 4.514
E: alex.arriola@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-5043
Darren Bagnall
Department of Engineering
Dean, Professor
E6B-7 Wally's Walk
E: darren.bagnall@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-9071  

Robert Carman
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Research Fellow

E6B 2.701
P: +61-2-9850-7058
E: robert.carman@mq.edu.au

David Coutts
Associate Dean, Research,Director MQ Photonics Research Centre

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.714
E: david.coutts@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8970

Judith Dawes
Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.708
E: judith.dawes@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8903

James Downes
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.710
E: james.downes@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8900

Tobias Feger
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Fellow

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.205
E: tobias.feger@mq.edu.au

P: +61-2-9850-8115

Alex Fuerbach
Department of Physics and Astronomy Associate Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.608
E: alex.fuerbach@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-6145

Simon Gross
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DECRA Fellow
Australian Hearing Hub -16 University Avenue 4.514                 E: simon.gross@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-5021

David Inglis
School of Engineering
Lecturer

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 127
E: david.inglis@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-9144

 

Stuart Jackson
School of Engineering
Associate Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 1.123
E: stuart.jackson@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-9137

Deb Kane
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.701

E: deb.kane@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8907

Ondrej Kitzler
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Fellow
E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue
E: ondrej.kitzler@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8938

Centre Members (L-Z)

Andrew Lee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Fellow
E: andrew.lee@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-98506203

Douglas Little
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Lecturer
6 Science Road, Room 315
E: douglas.little@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8115

Rich Mildren
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Professor, ARC Future Fellow

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.606

E: rich.mildren@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8965

Annemarie Nadort
Department of Physics and Astronomy
NHMRC Research Fellow
7E Wally's Walk G13
E: annemarie.nadort@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8968

Brian Orr
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Emeritus Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.208
E: brian.orr@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8289

Helen Pask
Department of Physics and Astronomy
ARC Future Fellow (formerly MQ VC Innovation Fellow)

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.607

E: helen.pask@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8932

Supriya Pillai
School of Engineering
Research Fellow
E6B-7 Wally's Walk
E: supriya.pillai@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-9229

Jim Piper
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Emeritus Professor

E6B 2.208
E: jim.piper@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-6369

David Spence
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Professor

E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue 2.709
E: david.spence@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8973 

Christian Schwab
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Lecturer
DECRA Fellow
E6B - 7 Wally's Walk 2.207
E: christian.schwab@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-6288

Mikolaj Schmidt
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Associate
E6B - 7 Wally's Walk 2.407
E: mikolaj.schmidt@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-4164

Michael Steel
Professor, Head of Physics & Astronomy

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.713
E: michael.steel@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8916

Graham Town
Department of Engineering
Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 1.33

E: graham.town@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-9145

Thomas Volz
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor

E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.609
E: thomas.volz@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8261

Robert Williams
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Fellow
E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue 165
E: robert.williams@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8975

Michael Withford
Distinguished Professor (CORE)

Australian Hearing Hub-16 University Avenue 4 512
E: michael.withford@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-7056
 

Andrei Zvyagin
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor (CORE)

E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue 165

E: andrei.zvyagin@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-7760

AAO Members

 NameContact details

Simon Ellis
Australian Astronomical Optics
Instrument Science Manager                                                                               
E: simon.ellis@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9372-4845

Michael Goodwin
Australian Astronomical Optics
Instrument Scientist
E: michael.goodwin@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9372-4851

Anthony Horton
Australian Astronomical Optics   
Instrument Scientist
E: anthony.horton@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9372-4847

Jon Lawrence    
Australian Astronomical Optics
Head of Technology
E: jon.lawrence@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9372-4853

Professional staff

 Name Contact details
Anne-Laurence Bibost
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research Centre Administrator   
E6B-7 Wally's Walk 2.406 
E: a.bibost@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-7117
Peter Dekker
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Scientific Officer
Australian Hearing Hub 4.514
E: peter.dekker@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8927

Peter Ha
Department of Physics and Astronomy
ANFF Diamond Facility Manager

E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue 156
E: peter.ha@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-4167

Benjamin Johnston
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Manager OptaFab Node
205A Culloden Road 04.511
E: benjamin.Johnston@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8960

Adam Joyce
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Scientific Officer

E7B-14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue 214

E: adam.joyce@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-1061

Alex Stokes 

Australian Hearing Hub-16 University Avenue 4.514
E: alex.stokes@mq.edu.au 

P: +61-2-9850-5042

Anita Verinder
Administrator (ANFF Node)

Australian Hearing Hub-16 University Avenue 4.514
E: anita.verinder@mq.edu.au
P: +61-2-9850-8931

Higher degree research students

StudentsThesis title
Shilun Feng
PhD Student
Department of Engineering
E: shilun.feng@students.mq.edu.au
Design and Microfabrication of a Droplet-Based Microfluidic Probe for Sampling and Delivery
James White
PhD Student
Department of Engineering 
E: james.white1@students.mq.edu.au
Optofluidic Sorting of Ultra-Bright Nanodiamonds
Fuyuan Zhang
PhD Student
Department of Engineering
E: fuyuan.zhang1@students.mq.edu.au
Portable devices for food safety monitoring
Mst Fowzia Akhter
PhD student
Department of Engineering
Emst-fowzia.akhter@students.mq.edu.au
Yb, Pr-co-doped ZBLAN and InF3 fibre laser for 3.6 µm to 4.2-µm emission in the mid-infrared
Md Ziaul Amin
PhD Student
Department of Engineering
E: md-ziaul.amin1@students.mq.edu.au   
Mode-locked and high power mid-infrared fibre lasers
Saurabh Awasthi
PhD student
Department of Physics & Astronomy
E: saurabh.awasthi@students.mq.edu.au
Laser Supported Techniques for Conservation in Art and Cultural Heritage
Zhenxu Bai
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: zhenxu.bai@students.mq.edu.au
Investigation and optimization of a Brillouin laser in diamond
Christopher Baldwin
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: christopher.baldwin@students.mq.edu.au
Investigation of two-photon UV etching of diamond
Gayathri Bharathan
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: gayathri.bharathan@students.mq.edu.au
Femtosecond Laser-Written Intergrated Components for Future All-Fibre Mid-Infrared Laser Systems
Saurabh Bhardwaj
PhD student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: saurabh.bhardwaj@students.mq.edu.au
Smart design and Optimisation of 3D optical waveguide for Astronomy and Quantum Science
Daniel Blay
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: daniel.blay@mq.edu.au
Theory of Frequency State Translation and Multi-Colour Interference in the Quantum Mulitmode Regime
Andrea De Lima Ribeiro
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: andrea.ribeiro@students.mq.edu.au
Raman spectroscopy as a remote sensing technique to determine sea water optical properties
Glen Douglas
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: glen.douglass@students.mq.edu.au
Femtosecond Laser written intefgrated astronomical spectrographs
Blake Entwisle
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: blake.entwisle@students.mq.edu.au
Laser inhibition and activation studies of single neuron cells
Jacob Evans
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: jacob.evans@mq.edu.au
Rare-earth nitrides: Ferromagnetic Semiconductors with Spintronic Applications.
Saheed Oladipupo Fashola
PhD student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: saheed-oladipupo.fashola@students.mq.edu.au
Integrated mid-infrared femtosecond waveguide lasers
Jemy Geordy
MRES Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: jemy.geordy@students.mq.edu.au
Diamond nitrogen vacancy spins as engineered quantum sensors
Bhuwan Ghimire
MRES Student
Physics & AStronomy Department
E: bhuwan.ghimire@students.mq.edu.au
Microfluidics as a tool for circulating tumor cells sorting and detection
Thomas Gretzinger
PhD student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: thomas.gretzinger@students.mq.edu.au
Ultrafast laser inscribed mid-infrared astrophotonics
Meng He
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: meng.he@students.mq.edu.au
MND diagnostics and treatment with advanced imaging and targeted gene delivery
Kashif Islam
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: kashif.islam@students.mq.edu.au
The development of deep UV light sources for microscopy imaging and fluorescence spectroscopy of biological tissues
Zahra Khabir
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: zahra.khabir@students.mq.edu.au
Transdermal penetration of photoluminescent nanoparticles in human skin
Muye Li
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: muye.li@students.mq.edu.au
Single mode Raman lasers for wavelength conversion
Hangrui Liu
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: hangrui.liu@students.mq.edu.au
High Throughput Single Cell Profiling Using Droplet Microfluidics
Tushar Malica
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: tushar.malica@students.mq.edu.au
Nonlinear Dynamics of Long Cavity Semiconductor Lasers: A Study of Dynamical Regimes and Temporal Events
Mojtaba Moshkani
PhD Student
Physics and Astronomy Department
E: mojtaba.moshkani@mq.edu.au
Novel Plasmonic and Electronic Phenomena on Diamond
Nabomita Roy Mukty
MRES Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: nabomita-roy.mukty@students.mq.edu.au
Superabsorption of light with colour centres in nanodiamond
Sarath Raman Nair
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy  Department
E: sarath.raman-nair@students.mq.edu.au
Light-matter fiber-cavity interfaces with color centers in diamond: From single spin-single photon quantum interfaces to collective effects
Sobia Rehman
MRES Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: sobia.rehman@students.mq.edu.au
3-D integrated photonioc devices for mode-locked all-fiber lasers
Vlada Rozova
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: vlada.rozova@students.mq.edu.au  
Mathematical modelling of tumour growth in tissue engineering constructs
Alexey Rzhevskiy
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: alexey.rzhevskiy@students.mq.edu.au
Targeted drug delivery in urology
Adam Sharp
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: adam.sharp@students.mq.edu.au
The Characterisation of Deep-Ultraviolet Ultrafast Pulses by Active Synchronisation via Balanced Cross-Correlation
Fatima tuz Zahra
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: fatima-tuz-zahra.fatima-tuz@students.mq.edu.au
Development of Advanced Methods for Diamond Encapsulation and Heat Spreading;;Techniques for Biological Applications
Matthew van Breugel
PhD Student
Phyiscs & Astronomy Department
E: matthew.vanbreugel@mq.edu.au
Exploring coherence properties and collective effects in nanodiamonds containing color center
Yan Wang
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: yan.wang24@students.mq.edu.au
High throughput pathogen dectection using luminescence lifetime multiplexing
Piotr Wargocki
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: piotr.wargocki@mq.edu.au
SPAD arrays for fluorescence lifetime measurement
Michelle Whitford
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: michelle.whitford@mq.edu.au
Investigation of Surface Corrosion in Egyptian Artefacts to Improve Conservation Methods
Andrew Wood
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: andrew.wood@students.mq.edu.au
Exploring the Physics of Mechanically Tunable Microcavity Polaritons
Xuezong Yang
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department 
E: xuezong.yang@students.mq.edu.au  
Diamond-Raman-Based 589 nm Laser for Sodium Guide Star
Kaixin Zhang
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: kaixin.zhang@students.mq.edu.au
Nanosensor for biological applications
Yameng Zheng
PhD Student
Physics & Astronomy Department
E: yameng.zheng@students.mq.edu.au 
Development of the Laser sources
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