Dr Galiya Sharafutdinova

Dr Galiya Sharafutdinova

Technical Officer

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics)

Career Summary


Research Expertise

My research interest and experience is in optics, lasers, and optical laser scanners for fluorescence microscopy. With a particular interest in confocal, two- and multi-photon systems were established during my PhD study in the Physics department, Faculty of Science and IT, the University of Newcastle.  I was involved working with CW and Ti:sapphire ultra-short pulsed lasers and BioRad and Nikon confocal imaging systems.

During my study, I developed the new scan engine and compared to known scan engines with results showing superior linearity of scan lines and intensity distribution across the scan field, as well as the advantage of using it for fast imaging. The characteristics of the scanner performance (deflected laser beam) across the scan field have been investigated experimentally and in OSLO optical software. The future goal for my scanner included utilising two complete parabolic reflectors to perform 3D continuous imaging through a scattering media, applying it in Bio-Medical research, especially for optical mammography. Breast cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer-related death among women around the world, there is constant research on improving detection strategies, tools and sources compare to conventional X-ray machines so the new scanner shown potential. After the study, I began working as a Physics teaching laboratory officer, the role included a diversity of tasks from assisting students, writing ARC research grant and participating in safety meetings to better the University. I continue collaboration with my former PhD supervisors, John Holdsworth and Dirk van Helden, through providing my knowledge and expertise to undergrad, project,  honours and HRD students involved with the volume scanner development and other projects where OSLO and TracePro optical software are used. I participate in research, paper preparation and presentations. Self-learn Scheme macro language and tomographic image reconstruction algorithm particularly the Radon transform. 

The current role, Teaching and Administrative Expertise

My current role is to provide technical support in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, assist with the planning and operation of undergraduate laboratory classes, test and set up undergraduate experiments, maintain and repair undergraduate laboratory equipment, assist academics and research students and ensure safe operation in the lab space. I regularly participate in providing outreach activities through the Experiment Fest, Open days, Hunter GATS camp and others.

With my initiative and in collaboration with academics and other staff, a new 3D fabrication “facility” was successfully established in Physics. The first equipment was setup in 2015 and I managed the safety use, developed RA, SOP and Induction. I self-learned 3D drawing and printing at a general level and provide a short introduction courses and demonstration. 3D production plays crucial roles in teaching and research to turn ideas into physical objects, progress with design and prototyping. It allows to avoid the required time and cost associated with traditional methods. Existing 3D technology also brings significant benefit to the department and School ensuring our science students as well as staff are equipped with the modern skills for future employment.

I am familiar with flexible modes of teaching delivery and since 2011 I involved with development, promote and advance of the Physics remotely controlled experiments and contributed into the Cosmic Ray Telescope, Gamma Ray Spectroscopy and Gas Spectroscopy experiments. Recently two experiments are provided for the James Cook University as part of an undergrad course but remote labs could be potentially distributed 24/7 around the world. I participated in tech conferences and our work was published DISTANCE LEARNING LABORATORY: A REMOTE ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS EXPERIMENT in Australian Institute of Physics magazine, 2013.

For two years in 2015-2017, I undertook an Acting Technical position role within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. My focus was on building the professional staff team, promote our work, and advance Laboratory Safety for students, staff and community. In collaborative group work, we have developed the compulsory Laboratory Safety Induction Quiz for undergrad students and implemented it through the online Blackboard test. Our success in promoting Lab Safety was recognised in 2017 by the Faculty of Science Excellence Award Health and Safety Excellence. Then focus was and is on Laboratory ergonomics, applying collaborative and interactive technologies in teaching. I have visited the Superlab at UTS, participated in STEM+M Business Case Development Discussion and other MAPS workforce planning.

My additional contribution to the university community is as a fire warden in Physics building and as a Laser Safety in the UoN Chemical Radiation Technical Committee (CRTC). As the Laser Safety, I work to ensure that the use of lasers and laser equipment within the university meet Australian standards of laser safety and good practice as well as comply with the UoN requirements. Within the committee, I contribute into safety review of research applications and provide expert advice in the key risk areas, participate in inspections, lead investigations and assist with corrective actions to implement the safety controls into design, investigate incidents and reports to the committee. I developed the UoN Laser Registration form, develop Laser Cutters Safety info sheet and keep the UoN Laser Register.

I am a member of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE and the Australian Optical Society.


  • PhD (Physics), University of Newcastle


  • Laser Safety
  • OSLO (Optics Software for Layout and Optimization)
  • Optical mammography, imaging scattering media, 3D volume scanner
  • Optical modelling, advance raytrace software, investigating an optical system performance using OSLO and TracePro software.
  • Remotely Controlled laboratory
  • TracePro: advanced ray tracing, illumination design, analysis, and optimization software.
  • optical scanners for microscopy
  • tomography reconstruction: Radon transform
  • two-photon and confocal microscopy


  • Russian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
020502 Lasers and Quantum Electronics 15
020599 Optical Physics not elsewhere classified 70
020501 Classical and Physical Optics 15

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2009 -  Membership - Optical Society of America Optical Society of America
United States
1/1/2010 -  Membership - Australian Institute of Physics Australian Institute of Physics
1/1/2009 - 31/12/2011 Membership - Fluorescent Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences Fluorescent Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences
1/1/2010 -  Membership - Australian Optical Society Australian Optical Society


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2011 - 26/6/2016 TechNetAustralia

TechNet  Australia has  been  in  existence   since  2000  and  it is  a  group    of committed Technical  staff  from  tertiary institutions across  Australia, New  Zealand  and  Fiji.

Aims  are  to:
*  build  strong  network  to  raise  our  profile  and  recognition
*  offer  support,  assistance  and  advice  to  each  other
*  provide  a  forum  for  discussion
*  promote  ideas


Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/4/2015 - 30/6/2017 Acting Technical Coordinator UoN Faculty of Science
10/2/2011 - 31/12/2018 Laboratory Officer UoN Faculty of Science



Year Award
2017 Faculty of Science Health and Safety Excellence Award: team 2017
UoN Faculty of Science


Year Award
2012 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Professional Staff Excellence in the team award category
University of Newcastle
2012 For Services to the Chemical and Radiation Technical Committee
The University of Newcastle, NSW
2010 Journal of Applied Optics, Cover Art


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Al-Ahmad AY, Holdsworth J, Vaughan B, Sharafutdinova G, Zhou X, Belcher WJ, Dastoor PC, 'Modular LED arrays for large area solar simulation', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 27 179-189 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pip.3072
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Xiaojing Zhou, Paul Dastoor, Warwick Belcher
2013 Sharafutdinova 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]

While it is clear that on-line education offers new opportunities for students to study in a way that suits their particular learning style, there are laboratory-based disciplines... [more]

While it is clear that on-line education offers new opportunities for students to study in a way that suits their particular learning style, there are laboratory-based disciplines that require hands-on experience with real world systems. This is especially true in Physics where a standard curriculum involves a large amount of laboratory-based work. While computer-based simulation software has been used extensively in engineering and various science-based areas these are not a direct substitute for traditional Physics experimental labs which provide students with the practical skills of handling real equipment, and measuring with sufficient accuracy and precision to allow comparison with various theoretical predictions. On-line laboratories where distance students have remote control over real laboratory equipment is a practical alternative to traditional physics laboratories, at least for some classes of experiments. This paper describes the development of a remote-controlled Cosmic Ray Telescope experiment at the University of Newcastle.

Citations Scopus - 2
2010 Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Calculated two-photon fluorescence correction factors for reflective scan engines', Applied Optics, 49 1472-1479 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1364/AO.49.001472
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2010 Sharafutdinova 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]
DOI 10.1364/AO.49.005517
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2009 Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, Van Helden DF, 'Improved field scanner incorporating parabolic optics: Part 1: Simulation', Applied Optics, 48 4389-4396 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1364/AO.48.004389
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Vafa E, Holdsworth J, Sharafutdinova G, Andersson-Engels S, 'The Volume Scanner Optical Performance', DIFFUSE OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY AND IMAGING VI, Munich, GERMANY (2017) [E1]
DOI 10.1117/12.2285313
Co-authors John Holdsworth
2016 Vafa E, Roberts N, Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, 'A volume scanner for diffuse imaging', Proc. SPIE 10013, SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, 1001337 (November 24, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2242971, Adelaide (2016)
DOI 10.1117/12.2242971
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors John Holdsworth
2015 Sharafutdinova G, Tegg L, Lazarte I, Vafa E, Andersson-Engels S, Holdsworth JL, 'A new volume scanner', Proc. SPIE 9538, Diffuse Optical Imaging V, 95381B (July 16, 2015), Munich (2015) [E3]
DOI 10.1117/12.2183734
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Levi Tegg Uon
2015 Sharafutdinova G, 'Physics Lab Experiments in new teaching environment', Sydney (2015) [O1]
2014 Sharafutdinova G, Holdsworth JL, 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) [E1]
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2014 Lazarte 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]
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2013 Sharafutdinova G, Hosseini A, Holdsworth JL, van Helden D, 'Investigating A New Volume Scanner', ANZCOP 2013, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Dirk Vanhelden, John Holdsworth
2012 Sharafutdinova 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]
2011 Holdsworth 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]
DOI 10.1117/12.903430
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2011 Sharafutdinova 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]
2010 Sharafutdinova 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]
Co-authors John Holdsworth, Dirk Vanhelden
2009 Sharafutdinova 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]
Co-authors Dirk Vanhelden, John Holdsworth
2009 Sharafutdinova 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]
Co-authors Dirk Vanhelden, John Holdsworth
2009 Sharafutdinova 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]
Co-authors Dirk Vanhelden, John Holdsworth
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $13,287

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20131 grants / $13,287

Towards a Mammography Scanner$13,287

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Associate Professor John Holdsworth, Doctor Galiya Sharafutdinova, Professor Dirk Van Helden
Scheme Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1401036
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Emerging 3D Diffuse Media Optical Scanner and Approach to Image Reconstruction PhD (Physics), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Galiya Sharafutdinova


Technical Officer
Technical Officer PHYS2000
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science

Focus area


Contact Details

Email galiya.sharafutdinova@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5430
Fax (02) 4921 6907


Room PG04
Building Physics Building.
Location University Drive CALLAGHAN NSW 2308 AUSTRALIA