David Birch applies fluorescence to interdisciplinary molecular grand challenges at the biomedical interface. Current research includes melanin structure, photophysics and melanoma; glucose sensing for diabetes; aggregation leading to fibrils e.g. beta-amyloid and Alzheimer’s disease; gold nanoparticle photophysics and its application to sensing and imaging; and 1-10 nm nanoparticle metrology.
David is Editor-in-Chief of the Institute of Physics journal Measurement Science and Technology and co-founding Editor-in-Chief of Methods and Applications in Fluorescence, one of the Institute's newest journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a founding Director of Horiba Jobin Yvon IBH Ltd and the Visiting Professor of Applied Physics at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Previously he held the Sir CV Raman Visiting Chair at the University of Madras and the Green Honors Chair in Physics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.