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Published: 26 March 2021

Professor David Sampson elected to the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows. 

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has elected Professor David Sampson to its prestigious College of Fellows. 

The College of Fellows comprises the top two per cent of medical and biological engineers. It includes the most accomplished and successful engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators and entrepreneurs. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Professor Sampson was nominated, reviewed and elected by AIMBE peers and members of the College of Fellows for his outstanding contributions to technical innovation and translational application of optical coherence tomography for medical diagnostics. 

Professor Sampson's research interests are in biomedical optics and biophotonics. He is a recognised authority on optical coherence tomography, contributing to both foundational understanding and new methods in surgical guidance and biopsy. His accomplishments feature a strong record in research translation, including his research team’s developing the award-winning microscope-in-a-needle, and his seminal work on optical elastography, the micro-scale imaging of the mechanical properties of tissue, directed towards breast tumour margin assessment. Both areas are undergoing commercialisation.

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: 

"It is a great honour to be recognised by my esteemed peers in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. I am fortunate to have a very rewarding career in an area of optics and photonics research that inspires me immensely. A particular satisfaction has been to support and motivate the next generation of professionals in my field and watch them take flight in their own careers; this accolade will help further my efforts. My achievements have only been possible through the support of my family, the University of Surrey community, and former colleagues at the University of Western Australia. To all my supporters, I am extremely grateful."

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