It is our pleasure to welcome Prof Martin Leahy in our lab. Martin Leahy completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford and he and a colleague established Oxford Optronix Ltd., where he was Director of R&D. From 1995 he had various research and teaching posts at the University of Oxford. He then joined the Stokes Research Institute where he conducted industry led R&D and later the Physics Department at the University of Limerick where led research groups in energy and biophotonics and lectured in physics. He has secured more than €7M in external R&D funding since 2003. He is an adjunct professor at the Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Institute of Physics in Ireland, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Fellow of SPIE. He is a co-chair, executive organizing committee member and panel moderator for SPIE Photonics West BiOS in San Francisco and host of the BioPIC European Bioimaging conference. Editorial Board member of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. Prof Leahy was founding MD of Limerick West Windfarms Ltd. and Millstream Energy and PI on the research projects that spun out Biomass Heating Solutions Ltd. and Wheelsbridge AB. Since his return to full-time academia, he has played a leading role in graduate biophotonics education through NBIP, UL and the Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School. In 2010 he delivered a dozen international invited lectures and published more than a dozen ISI journal articles. He is currently Chair of Applied Physics at NUI Galway.