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 and since 2008 he has been the company’s Managing Director.
Tony is Professor 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.
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 Professor in Photonics at Imperial College.
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.
David started his career in instrumentation working on high precision marine navigation equipment, a field in which he served his instrument making apprenticeship. Since 1986 he has gained vast experience in the production, commissioning, servicing and mechanical design of Bio-Rad laser point scanning confocal microscopes and other light fluorescence instruments such as flow cytometers. He has also worked extensively on the design of photoluminescence semiconductor wafer characterisation products and microtomography systems.
Lionel studied Physics, Optics and Photonics at Imperial College London, before joining Oxford University Engineering, where he worked as a Research Assistant developing image registration algorithms for use in aperture correlation microscopy.
Upon joining Aurox in 2010, Lionel continued to work in the field of image registration algorithms with a focus on GPU programming for high-speed applications. As Head of Software at Aurox, he is responsible for developing the Aurox Visionary software, which powers the company's cutting-edge confocal microscopes.
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.