Seeing through the eye ... both ways
Welcome to the website for Professor Campbell's optics lab. Find information about who we are, what we do, and our involvement in the scientific community. We focus our research on the human eye, optical systems, and disease diagnosis.
February 17th: Campbell Labs was featured in The Canadian Charger for amyloid-beta detection. View the article.
January 22nd: Campbell Labs was featured in a "Waterloo story" for Alzheimer research. View the article.
Meet our people
Melanie C. W. Campbell is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Waterloo and is cross-appointed to the School of Optometry. She obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo. An interest in the optical properties of the eye led to a Ph.D. from the Australian National University awarded jointly by the John Curtin School for Medical Research and the Research School of Physical Sciences.
After 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO in Australia, a University Research Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada enabled Dr. Campbell to join the University of Waterloo. She currently pursues research in optics of the eye, accommodation, presbyopia, ophthalmic corrections and ophthalmic diagnostic instruments. Her current research interests include defining the quality of the optical image formed on the retina; studying the optical properties of the crystalline lens and eye during development and in the older eye and integrating adaptive optics and polarization methods into instruments which image the rear of the eye. Her basic research led to improved quality of clinical images of the fundus of the eye. The Waterloo confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope that was developed by Dr. Campbell's group gave the first live images of the cones of the human eye.
Dr. Campbell is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and received the 2004 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics for studies of the gradient of refractive index in the crystalline lens.
Ph.D. at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University in the department Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Physiology John Curtin School of Medical Research in 1982.
M.Sc. at the University of Waterloo in the department of Physics in 1977.
B.Sc. at Victoria College, University of Toronto in the department of Chemical Physics in 1975.
Campbell, M.C.W. (1982). Gradient refractive index optics and image quality in the rat eye. Ph.D. thesis. Australian National University.
Campbell, M.C.W. (1977). Far infrared and Raman spectra of poly crystalline sulphur dioxide. M,Sc, thesis. University of Waterloo
Dr. Campbell's publications can be viewed on the publications page.
1996-2002 School of Optometry, University of Waterloo - Professor
2000-2002 NSF Center for Adaptive Optics - Member
2000-2002 Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute - Member
1996-2002 Department of Physics, University of Waterloo - Professor (cross-appointment)
1990-1996 School of Optometry, University of Waterloo - Associate Professor
1990-1996 Department of Physics, University of Waterloo - Associate Professor (cross-appointment)
1990-2000 Guelph Waterloo Program for Graduate Work Member in Physics, University of Waterloo
1991 Center for Visual Sciences, University of Rochester - Visiting Research Fellow
1989-1990 School of Optometry, University of Waterloo - Assistant Professor
1984-1989 School of Optometry, University of Waterloo - Research Assistant Professor
1982-1984 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CSIRO Scientist Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
1982-1984 Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Department of Physiology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University - Visiting Fellow
Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, (ARVO), May, 2002-May, 2005.
Member, Organising Committee and Biophotonics theme co-chair, OPTO-Canada, SPIE Conference, Ottawa, 2002.
Session Chair, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, (ARVO), May, 2002.
Session Co-Chair, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, (ARVO), May, 2001.
Ontario Photonics Education and Training Association (OPETA), Founding member.
Chair, Educational Outreach Committee, Southwestern Ontario Section, Optical Society of America, 2001, 2002.
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Handbook of Visual Optics, Optical Society of America, 1998-00.
Member, Committee on Trained Personnel, Photonics Research Ontario, 1996-99.
Vice-President, President and Past-President, Southwestern Ontario Section, Optical Society of America, 1994-97.
Chair, Advisory Committee, Vision Science and Its Applications, Optical Society of America Topical Meeting, 1994; Member, 1995-96.
Member, Visual Sciences Study Section B, National Institutes of Health, Washington, 1992-95.
Member, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, 1989-1992, 1992-1995.
Standards Council of Canada ISO/TC172/SC7, Committee Member, 1990-95.
Member, Program Committees, Frontiers in Information Optics and Optics within Life Sciences, International Commission for Optics Topical Meetings, 1994.
Member, Program Committee, Gradient Index Optical Systems, Optical Society of America Topical Meeting, 1994.
Vice Chair and Chair, Visual Sciences Section, American Academy of Optometry, 1990-94.
Optical Society of America Topical Meeting on Ophthalmic and Visual Optics, Member, Program Committee, Santa Fe, 1991; Program Chair, 1992; General Chair, 1993.
Ad Hoc Referee, Visual Sciences Study Section B, National Institutes of Health, 1991-1992.
Australian representative, International Commission for Optics, 1984.