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George Dwapanyin

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George O. Dwapanyin is a Ghanaian early career researcher. He is currently a research fellow at the University of St Andrews in the UK where his research currently dwells on advanced imaging techniques such as digital holographic microscopy, nonlinear imaging as well as applications of Raman spectroscopy in the food and liquor industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He was then awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship which saw him complete his master's degree in Optics and Photonics from the Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany as well as the European masters in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain. He also holds a master’s degree in physics from the Aix Marseille University in France. His PhD in Physics was awarded by Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2020 where his research led to the development of multimodal nonlinear imaging systems for biophotonics applications. George has a wide range on interests in applied Physics. He has a strong background in Radiation Health Physics after having worked with the Radiation Protection Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission where he was part of the pioneering team for non-ionizing radiation protection in the country.

George is also a member of Photonics Ghana. A group established with the vision of promoting research and economic growth through photonic applications in Ghana and Africa. One of the group’s core mandates is to educate and support the training that will arouse the interest of young scientist in Physics and the applications of Photonics in Ghana and thus encourages and supports young Ghanaians and other Africans to venture into STEM subjects. The group also seeks to create an avenue for experts and students in Photonics to connect, collaborate, and to share ideas that will lead to a positive collaboration with industry and academia with an emphasis on research collaborations with Africa.


George has served as a reviewer and mentor for several committees within Optica and beyond. He currently serves on the diversity, equality and inclusion rapid action committee at Optica as well as a member of the Education committee at the International Commission for Optics (ICO). He has over a decade worth of teaching experience spanning all levels of education. He previously served as the research coordinator and adjunct lecturer at the Ghana Technology University College, Ghana.

Document Created: 4 Dec 2023
Last Updated: 4 Dec 2023

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