Ms Magdalena Anna Urbanska

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


During my Master studies I had an opportunity to be involved in the research of the TEAM programme called „Novel optical techniques for enhanced structural, functional and dynamical imaging of anterior and posteriori segments of the eye”, which was funded by The Foundation for Polish Science.

My Master’s Degree thesis entitled "Characteristics of a measuring system for fluorescence microscopy" was based on the measurements of resolution of a confocal fluorescence microscope combined with a lock-in amplifier. The motivation behind these series of experiments was to verify whether the use of the lock-in amplifier increases the imaging sensitivity of structures with relatively low fluorescence efficiency. I presented my results with a poster presentation at international student conferences, OPTO 2015, which took place in Wrocław, Poland.

At the time of my studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University I had a chance to finish two internships. During my first internship at the Department of Medical Physics at the Centre of Oncology in Bydgoszcz, I had the opportunity to get to know the procedures followed by medical physicists in preparation for radiation therapy and treatment using ionizing radiation. During the second internship in the Department of Histology and Embryology at the Faculty of Medicine, Medical College in Bydgoszcz, I was able to learn how to proceed with cell cultures, study the effect of various substances on cells, prepare samples of cells for observation under both a fluorescence and an electron microscope, and eventually observe these samples under a confocal, fluorescence and an electron microscope.

Another area in which I tried to deepen my knowledge during Bachelor’s Degree studies was neurophysiology of the human brain, with my bachelor thesis entitled "Electrophysiological study of the activity of nerve cells."    

I briefly studied biomedical engineering, where I became familiar with subjects such as medicine, chemistry and biochemistry, which allowed me to understand issues related to functioning of the human body as well as the functions and effects of nutrients on it.

In addition to the obligations related to my studies, I was involved in volunteering. I carried out workshops for the organization called "University of the Future" during which I conducted classes for children who didn’t believe in their abilities. A lot of training that has been provided to me in the context of these workshops has allowed me to develop the ability to motivate others and myself. Apart from that, for three months I worked in the education centre, where I was teaching children mathematics and physics.

Research | Current

My PhD study is to create an all-optical experimental method for mapping the elastic properties of a vitreous humour in an eye. This can be obtained by combining two techniques: an all-optical photoacoustic technique for inducing shear waves in the eye and Optical Coherence Elastography (OCE) for imaging their propagation and, based on that, determining the elastic properties of the vitreous humour. This method could be useful for diagnosing and monitoring eye-related diseases that change elasticity of the vitreous humour like diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration. Also it could evolve into being a cost effective device allowing for measurements to be made in an optometry practice rather than in a hospital.

Teaching | Current

Optom 263 - lab demonstrator

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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 5, Room 514
New Zealand