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Bernhard Baumann
Bernhard Baumann, PhD

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-6419-1932
T +43 1 40400 73727

Further Information


Optical Imaging; Physics; Tomography, Optical Coherence

Research group(s)

Research interests

Optical methods enable rapid, noninvasive, and three-dimensional imaging with micrometer scale resolution. My research interests are the development of new optical methods for biomedical imaging – in particular optical coherence tomography (OCT) – and their application for improved diagnostics of diseases in both clinical and preclinical research.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

  • Optical imaging setups for retinal and microscopic imaging
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Longitudinal studies in biomedical research settings


  • Deciphering nano-scale tissue motion (2022)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), International Projects
    Principal Investigator
  • OPTIMEYEZ - Optical imaging platform for high-throughput longitudinal studies of the eye in disease models (2022)
    Source of Funding: EU, ERC Proof of Concept
    Principal Investigator
  • OPTIMALZ - Optical imaging of ocular pathology in Alzheimer’s disease (2015)
    Source of Funding: EU, ERC-2014-STG
    Principal Investigator
  • Preclinical imaging of the rodent eye with multi-functional optical coherence tomography (2013)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Stand-Alone Projects
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Baumann, B. and Woehrer, A. (2023) ‘Polarization-insensitive optical coherence tomography based on partly depolarized light’, Optics Letters [Preprint]. Available at:
  2. Merkle, C.W. et al. (2022) ‘Degeneration of Melanin-Containing Structures Observed Longitudinally in the Eyes of SOD1−/− Mice Using Intensity, Polarization, and Spectroscopic OCT’, Translational Vision Science & Technology, 11(10), p. 28. Available at:
  3. Baumann, B. et al. (2022) ‘Pulsatile tissue deformation dynamics of the murine retina and choroid mapped by 4D optical coherence tomography’, Biomedical Optics Express, 13(2), p. 647. Available at:
  4. Harper, D.J. et al. (2020) ‘Retinal analysis of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease with multicontrast optical coherence tomography’, Neurophotonics, 7(01), p. 1. Available at:
  5. Eugui, P. et al. (2019) ‘Polarization-sensitive imaging with simultaneous bright- and dark-field optical coherence tomography’, Optics Letters, 44(16), p. 4040. Available at: