Professor David Sampson is the Vice-Provost, Research & Innovation, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. David leads research and innovation across the whole “technology readiness levels” spectrum, championing the Surrey Advantage of impact through excellence. David’s portfolio includes: research & innovation strategy; research training; knowledge exchange; and commercialisation, framed around six themes: Lifelong health & wellbeing; Digital innovation; Innovation for health; Urban living; Sustainability; and Space & aerospace. Previously, David was Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis and remains head of the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, both at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia.
David has nearly thirty years’ experience in research in photonics, optics, and microscopy, and applications in communications and biomedicine and ten years’ experience in managing science infrastructure. His research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology - biomedical optics or biophotonics. He is an authority in optical coherence tomography, with main interests in the microscope-in-a-needle, which targets surgical and biopsy guidance, for which he was awarded the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award and several other prizes and optical elastography, the micro-scale imaging of the mechanical properties of tissue, with both undergoing commercialisation.
David is heavily involved in the global optics & photonics community, serving as Director of the SPIE – The International Society for Optics & Photonics (2017-2019), and is a fellow of the optics societies, SPIE and OSA, and the electrical engineering society, IEEE. He serves on various society committees and editorial boards.
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Professor Sampson’s research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology, fields known as biomedical optics and biophotonics, and he is an authority in optical coherence tomography (OCT). His current interests are in the microscope-in-a-needle, which targets surgical and biopsy guidance, for which he was awarded the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award and several other prizes; optical elastography, the micro-scale imaging of the mechanical properties of tissue, targeting breast cancer; and other parametric extensions of OCT. The microscope-in-a-needle and elastography are both undergoing commercialisation. His main application areas of interest in imaging are airways, breast cancer, and burn scars. He has published more than 170 journal papers, attracting in excess of 6,500 citations, presented more than 100 invited and plenary lectures and raised more than £27.5M in research funding.