Winthrop Professor Sampson is Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis (CMCA), a core facility of the University of Western Australia, and heads the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (OBEL) in the School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering. He directs the Western Australian nodes of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the National Imaging Facility (NIF), and the Western Australian State Government's Centre for eMedicine. He leads the University's Bioimaging Initiative aimed at increasing the uptake and quality of microscopic imaging and related technologies in medicine and the life sciences.
W/Prof. Sampson’s research interests are in biomedical optical engineering, with an emphasis on photonics, imaging and microscopy. He and his team are involved in activities ranging from the invention and investigation of new optical techniques, to the engineering of these techniques into practical instruments, and their application in clinical medicine and biology. A major emphasis of his research is the emerging medical imaging modality optical coherence tomography, and he is widely known for pioneering anatomical optical coherence tomography, a version that enables dynamic 3D imaging of hollow organ anatomy, and its application in human airways. His team is extensively engaged in advancing microscope-in-a-needle technology and its application in intra-operative cancer imaging.