Dr Danuta Sampson wins 2023 SPIE Diversity Outreach Award

Congratulations to Dr Danuta Sampson (pictured), Senior Research Fellow at the Lions Eye Institute, for being awarded the 2023 SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) Diversity Outreach Award for her contribution to promoting diversity in the education, training and participation of women and minorities in optics, photonics, electro-optics and imaging technologies and applications.

Dr Sampson is driven by personal experience. Coming from a low-income background, she was the first in her family to graduate from university, persisting in her desire to learn despite discouragement from professors regarding her pursuit of physics. Dr Sampson now leads mentorship programs and outreach groups to build self-confidence and the development of a more inclusive society.

Dr Sampson is a member of the Institute’s Ocular Tissue Engineering Laboratory research team, led by Associate Professor Fred Chen. Her work involves developing a standardised procedure of eye image analysis and discovering new biomarkers of retinal diseases and progression. She also teaches part time at The University of Western Australia’s Optometry School.

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