Andrea’s background is in optics, having completed his MSc in physics engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a thesis on the development of a portable multispectral imaging system aimed at works of art analysis and conservation. After working in industry for a year, he moved to Perth as Research staff at the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, UWA where he worked for 4 years before starting a PhD on the characterisation and improvement of biomedical imaging techniques. Between 2015 and 2016, he was president of the local student chapter of the Optical Society, one of the major international professional associations of optical engineers and scientists.
Andrea is currently working on two biomedical imaging techniques, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and optical coherence elastography (OCE), a functional extension of the former to measure tissue stiffness. His work included diagnostic imaging systems engineering design, technology development and supervision of endoscopic and interstitial OCT imaging system prototypes deployed in clinical settings, for pulmonary and oncology applications. His research experience includes phantom design and analysis of optical beam shaping for improving OCT imaging in turbid tissue. He is also active in the study of image formation and speckle phenomena, with a number of publications, including a book chapter.