Dr George Dobre
Dr George
Title:Senior Lecturer in Applied Optics
Location:Ingram 113
Phone:01227 823234



George Dobre was born in 1970 in Bucharest, Romania. He arrived in the UK in 1991 under a student exchange scheme and obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Kent in 1993 winning the Edward A. Lamb Prize for the best student in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He continued his postgraduate studies at this institution where supervised by Prof David A. Jackson he gained experience in fibre optic sensors and low coherence interferometry applied to distance measurements, leading to the micron-scale imaging of tissue layers in the living human retina. As a postdoctoral researcher in the late 1990’s he worked on fibre optic sensors for pressure and proximity for civilian aircraft as well as optical rangefinders, fibre sensors for high pressure for offshore oil drilling and structural health monitoring, followed by a return to more work on high-resolution retinal imaging. In this field, together with Dr Adrian Podoleanu, George has pioneered en face imaging, a novel concept related to the self-modulation of interferometric images caused by scanning a beam across a target. He obtained his PhD from the University of Kent and subsequently became a lecturer at this institution where he teaches and continues to conduct research on novel techniques in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and fluorescence imaging.

Current research interests

  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Optical design
  • Interferometric sensors
  • Fibre optic sensors

Recent publications

  • Sinescu, C. et al. (2016). Dentistry investigations of teeth and dental prostheses using OCT. in: Popp, J. et al. eds. Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care V. Bellingham, Washington, United States: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, p. 98870B. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2227443.
  • Duma, V. et al. (2016). Handheld scanning probes for Optical Coherence Tomography: Developments, applications and perspectives. in: Todea, C. C., Podoleanu, A. G. H. and Duma, V. -F. eds. Fifth Congress of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry and Sixth International Conference on Lasers in Medicine. Bellingham, Washington, United States: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2178590.
  • Duma, V. et al. (2015). Handheld probes and galvanometer scanning for optical coherence tomography. in: Optical Systems Design 2015.. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2191130.
  • Duma, V. et al. (2015). Handheld scanning probes for optical coherence tomography. Romanian Reports in Physics 67:1346-1358.