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Dr Michael Tanner is an EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Proteus Postdoctoral Research Fellow.


Michael completed his PhD at Cambridge University, in the Microelectronics Research Centre, in collaboration with the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory

He continued his work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Hitachi, investigating the excitation structure of Isolated Double Quantum Dots (IDQDs), or “artificial molecules”.

Later he expanded into the field of quantum optics, moving to Heriot-Watt University to work with Prof. Robert Hadfield on Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors (SNSPDs) and integrated quantum optical circuits.
Utilising skills and knowledge from his previous work while diversifying, Michael helped to guide and grow the research group moving with it to the University of Glasgow as a Research Fellow within the Quantum Sensors Group.
He developed guided mode optical circuits, fibre optic coupling of light to nanoscale systems, and time correlated single photon counting with exquisite sensing technologies.

In addition to developing cutting edge quantum optics experiments and new secure optical communication technologies, he recently applied photon counting technologies to real world sensing problems.
These include time of flight depth imaging, singlet oxygen fluorescence measurements for photodynamic therapy in cancer treatment and primary temperature measurement with optic fibre.

Michael is currently involved in the Proteus project as an EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Proteus Research Fellow.


With wide ranging skills in experimental systems, fibre optics, and sensing technologies Michael now leads the optical physics strand on site at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (QMRI) within the Proteus project to optimise novel fibre probes for clinical application.

Research Group Contact Details

Room E232
Queens Medical Research Institute
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, EH16 4TJ

Phone: +44 (0)131 242 9180

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Research Output 2010 2019

Endoscopic sensing of distal lung physiology

Choudhury, D., Tanner, M. G., McAughtrie, S., Yu, F., Mills, B., Choudhary, T. R., Seth, S., Craven, T. H., Stone, J. M., Mati, I. K., Campbell, C. J., Bradley, M., Williams, C. K. I., Dhaliwal, K., Birks, T. A. & Thomson, R. R., 18 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 1151, conference 1, 012009.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Raman Spectrum Analysis
Optical Fibers

Fibre-based spectral ratio endomicroscopy for contrast enhancement of bacterial imaging and pulmonary autofluorescence

Parker, H. E., Stone, J. M., Marshall, A. D. L., Choudhary, T. R., Thomson, R. R., Dhaliwal, K. & Tanner, M. G., 1 Apr 2019, In : Biomedical Optics Express. 10, 4, p. 1856-1869 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Optical Imaging
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Molecular Pathology

High fidelity fibre-based physiological sensing deep in tissue

Choudhary, T., Tanner, M. G., Megia-Fernandez, A., Harrington, K., Wood, H. A. C., Marshall, A., Zhu, P., Chankeshwara, S. V., Choudhury, D., Monro, G., Ucuncu, M., Yu, F., Duncan, R. R., Thomson, R. R., Dhaliwal, K. & Bradley, M., 22 May 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 7713.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Silicon Dioxide

High-speed dual color fluorescence lifetime endomicroscopy for highly-multiplexed pulmonary diagnostic applications and detection of labeled bacteria

Pedretti, E., Tanner, M. G., Choudhary, T. R., Krstajić, N., Megia-Fernandez, A., Henderson, R. K., Bradley, M., Thomson, R. R., Girkin, J. M., Dhaliwal, K. & Dalgarno, P. A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Biomedical Optics Express. 10, 1, p. 181-195 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
high speed
life (durability)

Polymer Microarrays for the Discovery and Optimization of Robust Optical-Fiber-Based pH Sensors

Gong, J., Venkateswaran, S., Tanner, M. G., Stone, J. M. & Bradley, M., 13 May 2019, In : ACS Combinatorial Science. 21, 5, p. 417–424 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Optical Fibers
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