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Paul Dalgarno leads the Advanced Microscopy Group at Heriot-Watt University, which specializes in developing new microscopy and analytical techniques for the life sciences. His primary work focusses on interdisciplinary collaborations with core activities based on 4D imaging, multi-parameter microscopy, fluorescent lifetime imaging and the application of single photon detector arrays to life science imaging. Paul is heavily involved in public outreach and engagement leading activities and in 2017 he won the Heriot-Watt student association Switched-On teaching Oscar for most exciting, enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer.

Paul obtained an MPhys degree in physics in 2001 before graduating with a PhD from Heriot-Watt in 2005 on the study of self-assembled semiconductor quantum dots. He worked until 2009 on semiconductor quantum optics, notably single photon sources, quantum dot physics and microcavities, before moving to St Andrews to study single molecule spectroscopy of RNA. In 2011 Paul returned to Heriot Watt as a research fellow in the newly formed Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3). Since 2012 Paul has been an Assistant Professor and group leader of the Advanced Microscopy Group.

Research interests

Pauls research is based on developing novel optical and analytical techniques in order to address fundamental problems in the life sciences. Example methods include real time 3D cellular imaging, time resolved spectroscopy, multi-parameter micrsocopy, single moelcule detection and correlation imaging.

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Research Output 2002 2017

256×256, 100kfps, 61% Fill-factor time-resolved SPAD image sensor for microscopy applications

Gyongy, I., Calder, N., Davies, A., Dutton, N. A. W., Dalgarno, P. A., Duncan, R. R., Rickman, C. & Henderson, R. K. 2 Feb 2017 2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). IEEE, p. 8.2.1-8.2.4 4 p. (Technical digest)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Avalanche diodes
Image sensors

Beauty and the microscope: what science can learn from art

Dalgarno, P. A. 30 Jun 2017 The Conversation

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access
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Multiplexed Single-Mode Wavelength-to-Time Mapping of Multimode Light

Kuzhikkattu Chandrasekharan, H., Izdebski, F., Gris-Sanchez, I., Krstajic, N., Walker, R., Bridle, H., Dalgarno, P. A., MacPherson, W. N., Henderson, R., Birks, T. A. & Thomson, R. R. 25 Jan 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 14080

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2013 2017

  • 5 Participation in Festival or Exhibition
  • 5 Public lecture
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 2 School Outreach