Researcher biography

Dr Afara completed Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2006, and Ph.D. degree in Medical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology in 2012. His early research (including his doctoral thesis) focused on developing near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and related biophotonics methodologies for rapid characterization and diagnostic assessment of biological tissues, with particular focus on connective tissues. His research in applied biospectroscopy has contributed to development of optical methods for quantitative diagnosis of connective tissue pathologies, such osteoarthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions. Dr Afara's research has so far led to the development of a novel photonics-based tool for real-time diagnostic assessment of connective tissue integrity during arthroscopic surgery.

Currently, his focus has expanded to more basic and fundamental biophotonics research, with specific interest in understanding light-tissue interaction using computational approaches. His long-term research goal is to develop next-generation medical devices with real-time sensing and diagnostic capabilities by combining basic, applied and computational biophotonics.