Dr Brian Patton

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

My research interests lie in exploiting properties of diamond that allow it to sense electric and magnetic fields. By optically imaging sub-100nm particles of diamond, I hope to use them as sensors for detecting the fields generated by living cells, particularly neurons. In order to take advantage of the small size of the nanodiamond, I also use superresolution techniques to increase the precision with which we can determine the location of the nanodiamond. As the particles are embedded in living tissue, it will also be necessary to use adaptive optics methods to correct for the optical aberrations introduced by the tissue and which, uncorrected, would degrade the quality of the imaging.


Low-cost, open-access quantitative phase imaging of algal cells using the transport of intensity equation
Grant Stephen D, Richford Kyle, Burdett Heidi L, McKee David, Patton Brian R
Royal Society Open Science Vol 7 (2020)
Adapting the 3D-printed Openflexure microscope enables computational super-resolution imaging
Grant Stephen D, Cairns Gemma S, Wistuba Jordan, Patton Brian R
F1000Research (2019)
Nanodiamonds enable adaptive-optics enhanced, super-resolution, two-photon excitation microscopy
Johnstone Graeme E, Cairns Gemma S, Patton Brian R
Royal Society Open Science Vol 6 (2019)
Three-dimensional STED microscopy of aberrating tissue using dual adaptive optics
Patton Brian R, Burke Daniel, Owald David, Gould Travis J, Bewersdorf Joerg, Booth Martin J
Optics Express Vol 24, pp. 8862-8876 (2016)
All-optical method for characterizing individual fluorescent nanodiamonds
Miles Benjamin T, Greenwood Alexander B, Patton Brian R, Gersen Henkjan
ACS Photonics Vol 3, pp. 343-348 (2016)
Adaptive optics for single molecule switching nanoscopy
Burke Daniel, Patton Brian, Huang Fang, Bewersdorf Joerg, Booth Martin J
2015 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2015 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2015, pp. 2267 (2015)

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Professional activities

Nanodiamonds for adaptive optics enhanced two photon excitation microscopy
Superresolution microscopy and adaptive optics for deep tissue microscopy using nanodiamonds
Biophotonics and Biomedical Microscopy
Future of Optical Techniques in Biology
RMS Frontiers in Bioimaging 2018
Member of programme committee
Annual meeting for the SHIELD Consortium
Invited speaker

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Craig, Rebecca
Patton, Brian (Principal Investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Craig, Rebecca (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | McCarry, Cait
McKee, David (Principal Investigator) Patton, Brian (Co-investigator) McCarry, Cait (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Collaborative Studies of Two Resource Ecosystems in Shelf, Slope and Oceanic Regions of the Norwegian and South-China Seas - Stressor | McCarry, Cait
McKee, David (Principal Investigator) Patton, Brian (Co-investigator) McCarry, Cait (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Follow-up Program of the JSPS Frontiers of Science (FoS) Symposium.
Patton, Brian (Principal Investigator)
Follow up visit to lay ground work for future collaborations with nanodiamond and quantum researchers in Japan
29-Jan-2019 - 12-Jan-2019
URF Enhancement: Multiscale correlative imaging - linking the nanoscale to the whole organism
Patton, Brian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022
Direct Wavefront Sensing for Efficient Measurement of Electronic Spin in Nanodiamond
Patton, Brian (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019

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