Aurox People

The Aurox team under a microscope.

aurox company team photo July 2018

Leigh attained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 1999.  Following a Post-doctoral position at Oxford University, he joined Oxford Instruments Plc as a Product Manager, leaving in 2001 as part of a MBO to form the scientific instrument business, Oxford Diffraction.

For 8 years he was the Marketing Director at Oxford Diffraction, where he established and led the scientific marketing and applications teams before a successful trade sale to Varian Inc. for $39M USD in 2008.

For 5 years after the sale of Oxford Diffraction he was a General Manager within Varian Inc. and Agilent Technologies, during which time he managed the global X-ray Diffraction and the Pre-clinical MRI scientific instrumentation businesses.

In 2014 he left Agilent Technologies to start the scientific business and marketing consulting company 2dsinθ before joining Aurox as the General Manager in November 2017 and becoming Chief Executive Office in July 2018.

aurox confocal microscope Dr Leigh Rees

Tony is Prof of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Senior Fellow of Hertford College. He has been pursuing research in microscopy, imaging and applied optics for well over thirty years. He co-founded Oxford Optoelectronics Ltd which sold the first confocal system in 1983. In 1984 he published the first book on confocal microscopy. He is General Editor of the Journal of Microscopy and is a former President of the Royal Microscopical Society and past Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

His work has been recognised by numerous awards and prizes, including an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

aurox confocal microscope Prof Tony Wilson

Dr Alistair Smith spent most of his career in the instrumentation industry running divisions of public companies such as Oxford Instruments plc and VG Instruments plc (now part of Thermo Fisher). He has extensive experience of instrumentation sales to overseas markets. Since 2000 he has acted as Chairman or Non-Executive Director for a number of technology companies: in two such cases he was a founder, raised venture finance, and steered them to very successful trade sale exits.

aurox confocal microscope Dr Alistair Smith

Rimas has worked in the field of confocal microscopy since 1989, initially as a research scientist working on diverse topics ranging from polarisation microscopy to high-NA optics characterisation. For over 20 years he was part of the Scanning Optical Microscopy group at the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, where he developed a number of advanced optical microscopy techniques, pioneering the use of fibre optics, laser feedback and structured light illumination.

Rimas was one of the founders of Aurox in 2004.

aurox confocal microscope Dr Rimas Juškaitis

Mark has been working in optics since his PhD at Cambridge and then post-doctoral work at Oxford when he was a key member of the team developing structured light microscopy methods.

He is now based in the Photonics group in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London where his research is concentrated on a wide range of imaging and microscopy techniques, including fluorescence microscopy, and their application across multiple disciplines. He has a particular interest in programmable optics using spatial light modulators and leads the teaching of optical design and laboratory optics on Imperial College’s internationally renowned Masters in Optics and Photonics course.

Mark is a founder director of Aurox and Prof in Photonics at Imperial College.

aurox confocal microscope Prof Mark Neil

Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, based jointly in the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Department of Engineering Science. His research interests include the development of new technology for microscopy and photonic engineering. In particular, he has introduced adaptive optics for the compensation of aberrations in microscopes with application to the imaging of thick tissue in biological microscopy. He has also developed active optical methods for high precision laser nano-fabrication particularly for the manufacture of photonic devices. A major current focus is the development of optical methods for neuroscientific research.

aurox confocal microscope Prof Martin Booth

Phillipa achieved her doctorate in Chemistry from the University of York in 2003 and since then has had a varied career in scientific sales. Her expertise has been gained from experience working in a number of scientific genres, including: X-ray crystallography with Oxford Diffraction, motion capture with Vicon Motion Systems, microscopy with Leica Microsystems, microfluidics with Cellix and, most recently, spectroscopy and Imaging with Princeton Instruments. Her broad range of experience means that she can offer the very best of advice and support to her clients.

In her spare time Phillipa is a keen rugby player, sings in a local West Oxfordshire choir and spends time tending her smallholding.

aurox confocal microscope Dr Phillipa Timmins