"I have always asked questions underlying how the physical world around us functions. This curiosity coupled with a passion for optics shaped my research interest towards the field of photonics and encouraged my decision to continue postgraduate studies in experimental laser physics.
I completed an MSc in nonlinear fiber optics, where I got to study the dynamics of certain energy exchanges occurring at various frequencies in optical fibers. This was exciting, but I couldn’t answer the question, “what would it be used for?”
Applied research began to interest me more as I wanted to see the light at the end of the tunnel, that is, where my work would ultimately be useful. I opted to do a PhD in the field of biophotonics, where we use lasers and optics to solve biological problems. My PhD involves building an imaging system known as optical coherence tomography, which uses light to image microscopic biological tissues, non-invasively. Utilizing my strong background in fiber optics we set about trying to make an all-fiber system that would be compact, portable and cost-effective.
By pursuing research, I have gained a sound knowledge of photonics theory with a broad set of experimental skills. It has also provided the opportunity to share my scientific research with the wider community. Further, it has given me the opportunity to travel to Australia, Europe, America, several times over, which has been a real bonus. Overall, it has been a great experience."