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Personal Statement

I have been actively engaged in research in optics and biophotonics since 2005. I have worked on a variety of projects across a range of different fields linked with a common photonics theme. A feature of my work is that I have worked extensively with multidisciplinary teams which has allowed me to develop a unique and comprehensive skill set.

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Developing new imaging techniques for Neuroscience
  • Developing new photonic devices for Optogenetics

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Microscopy and Imaging
  • Electrophysiology
  • MicroLEDs for use in Optogenetics

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD in Physics (Awarded February 2011), titled: "Optical Properties of Capped Metallic Nanostructures Grown on Silicon".

BA mod in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials 2006, 1st class honours.



  • Optics

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Projects 2011 2022

Optogenetic technologies

Mathieson, K., McAlinden, N., Gunning, D. & Sakata, S.

1/11/11 → …

Project: Non-funded project

Research Output 2008 2017

2 Citations (Scopus)

A minimally invasive optical trapping system to understand cellular interactions at onset of an immune response

Glass, D. G., McAlinden, N., Millington, O. R. & Wright, A. J., 8 Dec 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 12, 13 p., e0188581.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Optical Tweezers
Optical Devices
immune response
Cell signaling

Large scale matching of function to the genetic identity of retinal ganglion cells

Pisano, F., Zampaglione, E., McAlinden, N., Roebber, J., Dawson, M. D., Mathieson, K. & Sher, A., 13 Nov 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 12 p., 15395.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
gene expression

Activities 2011 2012

  • 2 Participation in conference


Niall McAlinden (Invited speaker)
1 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

SPIE Optics and Photonics

Niall McAlinden (Speaker)
21 Aug 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference