Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: optical properties of the eye; refractive properties of the crystalline confocal laser scanning; macroscopy​


In 2004, Professor Melanie Campbell was awarded the Rank Prize, the world’s most prestigious award in prestigious in optoelectronics. Campbell cited her work as: an initial idea has been carried through to practical applications that have, or will, demonstrably benefit mankind.

Campbell is well known for her work on the gradient index optics of the crystalline lens. She has developed and patented improved scanning laser, adaptive optics and polarization methods for imaging the eye and biological tissues. She uses lasers to improve diagnosis and to study highly localized, light activated therapies for eye diseases.

Campbell earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Physiology from the Australian National University in 1982. Following a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Fellowship at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics in Canberra, Campbell returned to Canada in 1984 with an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) University Research Fellowship. Campbell is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.), and a Honourary Professional Certification (PPhys) and former President of the Canadian Association of Physicists. Campbell is involved in a diploma program in photonics for industry, undertakes collaborative research with industry and was co-founder of Biomedical Photometrics Inc.


  • PhD, Australian National University, 1982
  • MSc, University of Waterloo, 1977
  • BSc, University of Toronto, 1975

Melanie Campbell

    University of Waterloo