Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • PhD (Physics), University of Newcastle, 13/12/2010


Research keywords

  • Image reconstruction: learning: filtered back projection
  • Optical mammography, imaging scattering media, 3D volume scanner
  • Optical modelling, advance raytrace software, investigating an optical system performance using OSLO and TracePro software.
  • optical scanners for microscopy
  • two-photon and confocal microscopy

Research expertise

Research in the area of scanners for laser scanning fluorescence microscopy particularly confocal and two- and multi-photon systems. Familiar with the Femto-second ultra-short pulsed laser (Ti:S) as an excitation source for two-photon microscopy. Develop and investigate an optical system performance using OSLO, the optics software for layout and optimization.

Develop a new 3D volume scanner which can be used for imaging a scattering media.


  • Russian

Fields of Research

020599Optical Physics Not Elsewhere Classified100


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Optical Society of America
  • Member - Australian Optical Society
  • Member - Fluorescent Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Member - Australian Institute of Physics



20122012 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Professional Staff Excellence in the team award category
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Team has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the positive student experience through the creating and implementing of two novel remotely controlled experimental labs in Physics at the University of Newcastle, PHYS2240 course. The collaborative professional work of team members involved a development of the concept for a new apparatus, research, assemble apparatus, program the computer control code, write safety procedures and organising safe workplace.
2010Journal of Applied Optics, Cover Art
The Optical Society of America (United States)
Figures from my work were used as a Cover art on Applied Optics


Administrative expertise

From my point of view, I do manage the second year Physics teaching laboratory. Officially, I am a technical officer.


Teaching keywords

  • OSLO (Optics Software for Layout and Optimization)
  • TracePro: advanced ray tracing, illumination design, analysis, and optimization software.

Teaching expertise

Can teach raytrace and modeling optical software OSLO and TracePro.



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Journal article (4 outputs)

2013Sharafutdinova G, Cvetanovski M, Walton D, Guest B, Foster J, Piszczuk G, Furst J, 'Distance learning laboratory: A remote Atomic and Nuclear Physics experiment', Australian Physics, 50 55-59 (2013) [C2]

Co-authors: JOHN FURST

2010Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Improved field scanner incorporating parabolic optics. Part 2: experimental verification and potential for volume scanning', Applied Optics, 49 5517-5527 (2010) [C1]
2010Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Calculated two-photon fluorescence correction factors for reflective scan engines', Applied Optics, 49 1472-1479 (2010) [C1]
2009Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Improved field scanner incorporating parabolic optics: Part 1: Simulation', Applied Optics, 48 4389-4396 (2009) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)

2014Lazarte I, Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, van Helden D, van Helden D, 'A Novel Scanner For Diffuse Media Imaging', Abstracts. AIP Congress 2014, ANU (2014) [E3]
2014Holdsworth JL, Sharafutdinova G, Hosseini A, Vafa E, van Helden D, 'Investigating a New Volume Scanner', Proceedings of 2013 Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics, Fremantle, W.A. (2014)
2013Sharafutdinova G, Hosseini A, Holdsworth JL, van Helden D, 'Investigating A New Volume Scanner', ANZCOP 2013, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E3]


2012Sharafutdinova G, Cvetanovski M, Nicolaidis N, Guest B, Foster J, Piszczuk G, et al., 'Inspiration for tomorrow technicians: online physics remote', TechNet 2012 : Unleashing Potential for Tomorrow's Technicians, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011Holdsworth JL, Sharafutdinova G, Sanderson MJ, Van Helden DF, 'Off-axis parabolic optical relays: almost perfect imaging', Proceedings of SPIE: 22nd Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Light for the Development of the World, Puebla, Mexico (2011) [E1]
2011Sharafutdinova G, Cvetanovski M, Walton D, Guest B, Foster J, Piszczuk G, Furst JE, 'Remote laboratory for interactive learning', Technet 2011 National Conference Handbook, Bathurst (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: JOHN FURST

2010Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Comparative scan engine field flatness', 19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress. Extended Abstracts and Refereed Full Papers, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]
2009Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Legge SR, Van Helden DF, 'Comparative performance of four-mirror parabolic and spherical afocal relays', ACOLS ACOFT 09 Conference: Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology in Association, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E1]
2009Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Scan engine induced pulse broadening in two-photon microscopy', Nanophotonics Down Under 2009: Devices and Applications: Program, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E2]
2009Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'A new scanner design for two-photon fluorescence fast imaging microscopy', Light in Life Sciences Conference 2009: Program, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$13,287

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2013 (1 grants)

Towards a Mammography Scanner$13,287
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor John Holdsworth, Doctor Galiya Sharafutdinova, Professor Dirk Van Helden
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Galiya Sharafutdinova

Work Phone(02) 4921 5430
Fax(02) 4921 6907
PositionTechnical Officer
Technical Officer PHYS2000
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPhysics
Physics Building,