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Wolfgang Drexler
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Wolfgang DrexlerHead of Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Honorary Distinguished Professor Cardiff University, UK

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Position: Professor

T +43 1 40400 19860

Further Information


Endoscopy; Microscopy; Molecular Imaging; Nanotechnology; Optical Imaging; Photoacoustic Techniques; Tomography, Optical Coherence

Research group(s)

Research interests

  • Translational multimodal optical imaging (OCT, MPM, CARS, SRS, Raman, photo acoustics, adaptive optics)
  • Molecular contrast optical imaging (endogenous and exogenous contrast agents)
  • Multimodal optical endoscopy (incl. cystoscopy, laparoscopy, tethered capsule, needle etc.)
  • Intraoperative multimodal optical imaging (incl. eye, brain) – non-invasive therapy monitoring
  • Biophotonics (incl. semiconductor, fiber based and ultrafast pulse laser technology)
  • Nanophotonics - Photonics integrated circuit (PIC) based imaging and sensing (OCT on a chip, lab on a chip)

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

  • State of the art optical imaging laboratories with actively damped optical tables, optical analysis and test equipment  
  • Numerous OCT, microscopy, spectroscopy and optical endoscopy (probe) systems
  • Ultrashort pulse laser technology (Titanium:sapphire laser, OPO) dye laser, fiber (PCF) based laser technology
  • Akinetic and commercial swept source laser technology at various wavelengths
  • Two clean rooms (class 1000 and class 100), a chemical lab, a dedicated mechanical workshop, plastic lab as well as state of the art additive manufacturing (3D printing) are available in the Center


Selected publications

  1. Leitgeb, R. et al., 2021. Enhanced medical diagnosis for dOCTors: a perspective of optical coherence tomography. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 26(10). Available at:
  2. Rank, E.A. et al., 2021. Toward optical coherence tomography on a chip: in vivo three-dimensional human retinal imaging using photonic integrated circuit-based arrayed waveguide gratings. Light: Science & Applications, 10(1). Available at:
  3. W. Drexler, J.G. Fujimoto, 2015. Optical Coherence Tomography: Technology and Applications, 2nd edition, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 3 Volumes, 2571 pages, 337 b/w illustrations, 1104 illustrations in colour, ISBN 978-3-319-06420-8
  4. Bizheva, K. et al., 2006. Optophysiology: Depth-resolved probing of retinal physiology with functional ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(13), pp.5066–5071. Available at:
  5. Drexler, W. et al., 2001. Ultrahigh-resolution ophthalmic optical coherence tomography. Nature Medicine, 7(4), pp.502-507. Available at: