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Prof Peter Török

Professor of Optical Physics
Director of Imaging, SCELSE
Co-director, Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science, NTU
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NTU
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU


Peter Török has obtained his DPhil in physical sciences at the University of Oxford in 1994. After a couple of postdoctoral stints at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, in 2002 he was appointed lecturer in photonics at Imperial College London where he was promoted reader in photonics and professor of optical physics in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Peter moved to NTU in 2018 where he has joint appointments with the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (50%), Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (25%) and the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCLESE – 25%). At SCELSE, Peter is director of imaging. He has established NOBIC (NTU Optical Bioimaging Centre), a joint centre between LKCMed and SCELSE, where he currently serves as director. In 2021 Prof Török was appointed co-director of the newly established Research Centre of Excellence (RCE) called Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS) using a S$160M grant awarded by Ministry of Education (MOE), NTU and NUS.

Peter has a rich experience in designing and building precision optical system also including instruments that have been commercially sold to world leading companies. He spent most of his working life in optical and confocal microscopy, polarised light imaging, optical data storage, electromagnetic imaging theory, compressive imaging, information theoretic aspects of imaging and spectroscopic imaging, including Raman and Brillouin modalities.

During his academic career Prof Török taught vector calculus, imaging, electromagnetism, electricity and magnetism and optical design theory both at under- and postgraduate levels. His efforts were acknowledged by a number of teaching awards, including the Rector’s Award for Innovation in Teaching at Imperial College.

Prof Török is a fellow of the European Optical Society, member of the Board of Editors of Contemporary Physics, was the recipient of the Carl Zeiss Professorship and holds a number of additional visiting professorships at the University of Valencia, Academia Sinica, and the National University of Singapore.

Research interests
Prof Török’s research interests span through the entire range of classical optics, including optical design, electromagnetic imaging theory, polarisation, confocal microscopy, compressive/single pixel imaging, Brillouin and Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, reconfigurable optics and various metrology applications. Since its inception in 2018 his research group at NTU mostly concentrates on highly interdisciplinary applications of optics working in collaboration with colleagues in life- and biomedical sciences.

Research grants/topics
Optical coherence tomography
Digital analytics
Brillouin microscopy

NTU Optical Bioimaging Centre (NOBIC)