Alireza Akbarzadeh is a Research Associate in OptiMaL and a High-Quality Professional (PHQ) at TransMedTech Institute, where he is managing “Design of Optical Research Instruments” platform. Alireza obtained his PhD in theoretical photonics and electrodynamics of light-matter interaction from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014. His current research theme is involving analysis of light transport in biological tissue, inelastic diffusion of photons (mainly fluorescence and Raman scattering) for the purpose of medical detection and treatment, and application of machine learning in biophotonics. Alireza was the recipient of two prestigious scholarships during his postgraduate studies and held three postdoctoral titles prior to his current position in OptiMaL. Being privileged to collaborate with pioneering groups around the globe, Alireza has been such a traveller with the experience of living in 6 different countries and three continents. He is a huge fan of football (oddly named soccer in North America) and passionate supporter of Liverpool FC. Additionally, in his spare time, he is reading and trying to play high-quality chess.