Euan McLeod

Associate Professor of Optical Sciences
Euan McLeod Headshot

Meinel 623
Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094


  • Postdoctoral Scholar: University of California, Los Angeles, 2011-2015
  • Postdoctoral Scholar: California Institute of Technology, 2009-2011

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Optica: Senior Member
  • SPIE: Senior Member
  • BIO5 Institute: Member
  • UA Cancer Center: Affiliate Member

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021
  • Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, R&D Council of New Jersey, 2017
  • The Oral Presentation Award, Symposium D (Materials and Concepts for Biomedical Sensing), Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 2014
  • Newport Award of Excellence in Photonics, 2009
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Princeton Graduate Honorific Fellowship, 2008
  • Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Princeton Fellowship, 2005
  • Francis Upton Fellowship, Princeton University, 2004-2008
  • 1st Place, Caltech ME72 Engineering Design Contest, 2002

Specific Research Interests

  • Nano-photonics
  • Surface science
  • Soft materials science
  • Optical tweezers
  • Holographic microscopy
  • Computational imaging
  • 3D additive manufacturing
  • Self-assembly
  • Directed-assembly
  • Lab-on-chip imaging
  • Biosensing & medical diagnostics

Research Summary

Euan McLeod is directing the Soft Nano-Photonic Systems Laboratory, which focuses on the intersection of nano-photonics, soft materials science, and the coordinated interaction of systems of many components. Two main avenues of investigation include 3D optical assembly of devices from nanoscale building blocks, and the use of lensfree holographic on-chip imaging for the high-throughput sensing of viruses and nanoparticles. The research is pursued using a mixture of experimental and computational approaches. The group seeks to provide cost-effective and high-throughput optical methods of fabrication and sensing based on cutting-edge optical phenomena.



  • Maryam Baker
  • Colin Potter
  • Natalie Shultz
  • Weilin Liu
  • Jacob Garan
  • Shriniketh Sreevatsan

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Kunal Sharma.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2006
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, 2004