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Heather Dalgarno

  • PhD
  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • Leonardo MW
  • 30PublicationsNumber of items in Heather's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 3Followers


I graduated in 2002 with a 1st class honours MPhys in Optoelectronics and Laser Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. My PhD studies were a CASE studentship sponsored by the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh. I obtained my PhD in 2006, also from Heriot-Watt, in wavefront sensing for adaptive optics in astronomy and metrology. My post-doctoral work at Heriot-Watt involved adapting technology developed for wavefront sensing and astronomy and applying it to the biosciences. I worked with biology and medical research groups across the UK to design, build and support 'bolt on' optical systems for commercial microscopes to provide real-time 3D imaging and particle tracking. I joined the Optical Manipulation Group at St Andrews in January 2010 where I worked to develop imaging applications and holographic techniques for optical micromanipulation in Biophotonics. I joined Leonardo MW in 2012 as a Radar Systems engineer, principally working in development of cutting edge Tracking for next-generation electronically-scanned fighter jet radar systems including the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen.

Recent publications

  • Light-sheet microscopy using an Airy beam

    • Vettenburg T
    • Dalgarno H
    • Nylk J
    • et al.
  • Increasing the resolution of light sheet microscopy in the presence of aberrations

    • Vettenburg T
    • Dalgarno H
    • Čižmár T
    • et al.

Professional experience

Senior Systems Engineer

Leonardo MW

August 2012 - Present

Research Fellow

University of St. Andrews

January 2010 - July 2012(3 years)

Research Associate


December 2005 - December 2009(4 years)



Heriot Watt University

August 2002 - March 2006(4 years)

1st class, MPhys Laser Engineering & Optoelectronics

Heriot Watt University

September 1998 - June 2002(4 years)

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