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Dr Iestyn Pope 

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Position:Research Associate

Telephone:+44(0)29 208 79037
Extension:79037; 79382
Location:Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Research Overview

I am a member of the BioPhotonics & Quantum Optoelctronics Group of Prof Paola Borri (School of Biosciences) and Prof Wolfgang Langbein (School of Physics & Astronomy).  As part of this group who's interests lie at the interface between life and physical sciences I am involved in the following research activities:

Development of a new generation single source laser-scanning multiphoton microscope, capable of simultaneously acquiring differential-Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (D-CARS), Two Photon Fluorescence (TPF) and Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) images for studies on living cells.  Using this new microscope, we are probing the following biological areas:

  • The uptake of different types of lipid compounds (e.g. saturated / unsaturated) to determine the dynamics of lipid droplet formation and development in living cells.
  • The study of the change in distribution of lipid droplets during oocyte development.
  • The use of hyperspectral CARS data sets to generate chemical maps of cells and organoid structures.
  • The use of nanodiamonds as optical labels and contrast agents in live cells. 

The use of resonant Four-Wave Mixing (FWM) to image gold and silver nanoparticles inside cells.


The Engineer Awards (4th December 2009)

  • Winner of the Medical/Health Care category, with CyMap.
  • Winner of the Grand Prix: The Engineer Special Award, with CyMap.

EPR Biodose (10-14th October 2010)

  • Poster Prize for best young scientist.

Bio-Nano-Photonics (13-14th September 2011)

  • Poster Prize



Research Division

Molecular Biosciences