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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)

  • Leitgeb / Drexler Lab

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. Chen, Z. et al., 2017. Non-invasive multimodal optical coherence and photoacoustic tomography for human skin imaging. Scientific Reports, 7(1). Available at:
  2. 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
  3. 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:
  4. Fercher, A.F. et al., 2003. Optical coherence tomography - principles and applications. Reports on Progress in Physics, 66(2), pp.239-303. Available at:
  5. Drexler, W. et al., 2001. Ultrahigh-resolution ophthalmic optical coherence tomography. Nature Medicine, 7(4), pp.502-507. Available at: