Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski

Maciej Wojtkowski (born 1975) is a Polish physicist, specializing in physical optics and biomedical imaging. His research interests focus on understanding the interaction of light with living tissue and the possibilities of in vivo imaging using optical methods. With his work, he has made significant contributions to the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods, fluorescence retinal imaging and the understanding of two-photon vision.
In 2003, Wojtkowski was the first to demonstrate the feasibility of 100-fold accelerated OCT, introducing Fourier domain detection (FdOCT, also known as Spectral domain OCT), in imaging the human eye. With this work, he pushed the boundaries of 3-D in vivo imaging and quantitative morphometric analysis of the human eye, which have been implemented in many medical devices available in eye clinics around the world. In 2014, he led a study that elucidated the phenomenon of two-photon vision by proving the role of two-photon absorption in the isomerization of retinal pigments that cause visual sensation. In 2021, he and his collaborators showed, for the first time, images of the human retina measured by two-photon excited fluorescence in vivo. Wojtkowski is the author of eight patents and more than 260 publications, including more than 130 in recognized professional journals.

Wojtkowski pursued his graduate studies with the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, where he received his MSc in experimental physics in 1999, his PhD in physical sciences in 2003, habilitation in the same discipline in 2010 and full professorship in 2014. Currently, Prof. Wojtkowski is head of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he also heads his own research team (Physical Optics and Biophotonics Team). More recently, he has begun directing the new Center of Excellence International Center for Translational Eye Research established at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. During his academic career, Wojtkowski has completed numerous research internships at institutions around the world, including the University of Vienna, Austria; University of Kent, Canterbury, England; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; and University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

In 2012, Wojtkowski received the Foundation for Polish Science Award in Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Wojtkowski’s scientific activities have been recognized by several distinguished bodies, including the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (First Degree Award for his habilitation dissertation in 2010); the authorities of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw (Professor Stefan Pienkowski Award in 2004), the authorities of the Warsaw University of Technology (Young Scientist Medal in 2008); and the Chapter of the Polityka Weekly Scholarships (the “Stay with us” campaign in 2001). Since 2015, Wojtkowski has been a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and since 2016 he has been a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Wojtkowski received the prestigious European Young Investigator Award research grant.