Dr Niall McAlinden

Research Associate

Institute of Photonics

Personal statement

I have been actively engaged in research in optics and biophotonics since 2005. I have worked on a variety of projects across a range of different fields linked with a common photonics theme. A feature of my work is that I have worked extensively with multidisciplinary teams which have allowed me to develop a unique and comprehensive skill set.

I am a current member of the researchers' group at the University of Strathclyde and represent researchers on the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC). 


Has expertise in:

    • Microscopy and Imaging
    • Electrophysiology
    • MicroLEDs for use in Optogenetics


PhD in Physics (Awarded February 2011), titled: "Optical Properties of Capped Metallic Nanostructures Grown on Silicon".

BA mod in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials 2006, 1st class honours.



Simultaneous electrophysiology and fiber photometry in freely behaving mice
Patel Amisha A, McAlinden Niall, Mathieson Keith, Sakata Shuzo
Frontiers in Neuroscience Vol 14 (2020)
Multisite microLED optrode array for neural interfacing
McAlinden Niall, Cheng Yunzhou, Scharf Robert, Xie Enyuan, Gu Erdan, Reiche Christopher F, Sharma Rohit, Tathireddy Prashant, Dawson Martin D, Rieth Loren, Blair Steve, Mathieson Keith
Neurophotonics Vol 6 (2019)
A compact integrated device for spatially selective optogenetic neural stimulation based on the Utah Optrode Array
Scharf Robert, Reiche Christopher F, McAlinden Niall, Cheng Yunzhou, Xie Enyuan, Sharma Rohit, Tathireddy Prashant, Rieth Loren, Mathieson Keith, Blair Steve
Optogenetics and Optical Manipulation 2018 Optogenetics and Optical Manipulation 2018 (2018)
A minimally invasive optical trapping system to understand cellular interactions at onset of an immune response
Glass David G, McAlinden Niall, Millington Owain R, Wright Amanda J
PLoS ONE Vol 12 (2017)
Large scale matching of function to the genetic identity of retinal ganglion cells
Pisano Filippo, Zampaglione Erin, McAlinden Niall, Roebber Jennifer, Dawson Martin D, Mathieson Keith, Sher Alexander
Scientific Reports Vol 7 (2017)
Structured illumination for communications and bioscience using GaN micro-LED arrays interfaced to CMOS
McKendry Jonathan, Xie Enyuan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, McAlinden Niall, Gu Erdan, Watson Ian, Strain Michael, Mathieson Keith, Dawson Martin
Emerging Technologies in Communications, Microsystems, Optoelectronics and Sensors (2017)

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Research interests

  • Photonics
  • Developing new imaging techniques for Neuroscience
  • Developing new photonic devices for Optogenetics

Professional activities

Invited speaker
SPIE Optics and Photonics

More professional activities


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | McGleish, Olivia Mae
Mathieson, Keith (Principal Investigator) McAlinden, Niall (Co-investigator) McGleish, Olivia Mae (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Optogenetic technologies
Mathieson, Keith (Principal Investigator) McAlinden, Niall (Researcher) Gunning, Deborah (Fellow) Sakata, Shuzo (Principal Investigator)
Development of novel light sources for optogenetic control of neural circuits.

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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