Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Peter Torok
Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Physics & Applied Physics
Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering
Deputy Director, Digital Molecular Analytics and Science
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 LKCM and SCELSE where he currently serves as Director. In 2021 Prof Török was appointed Deputy Director of the newly established Research Centre of Excellence (RCE) called Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS) using a S$150M grant awarded by Ministry of Education (MOE), NTU and NUS.

Peter has 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 carrier Prof Török taught Vector Calculus, Imaging, Electromagnetism, Electricity and Magnetism and Optical Design Theory both at under- and postgraduate level. 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 as well as a number of additional visiting professorships at the University of Valencia, Academia Sinica, and the National University of Singapore.
My 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 my research group at NTU mostly concentrates on highly interdisciplinary applications of optics working in collaboration with colleagues in life- and biomedical sciences.
  • Advanced Biofilm Imaging Facility
  • Brillouin Microscopy
  • CALIPSO: a deep learning assisted approach streamlining the growth, 3D live imaging and quantification of organoid morphology with high content screening standards
  • Developing Hyperspectral OCT as a Clinical Test to Detect Neural Dysfunction in Degenerative Diseases of the Optic Nerve and Retina
  • IDMxS - DFC Account
  • IDMxS - Optics Research
  • IDMxS - Optics Thrust
  • IDMxS - Visiting and Travel
  • Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS)
  • Mechanisms of interactions in a model, synthetic biofilm community
  • Neurophysiological study of the neural circuits underlying working memory ageing
  • SingaScope - A Singapore-wide microscopy infrastructure network