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Prof. M. R. Taghizadeh received his BSc in Physics from Mashhad University in Iran, with National Merit Scholarship, his MSc from Essex University in the UK in 1978 and PhD from Heriot-Watt University in 1982 in Laser Physics. He worked as a research associate on optical computing until 1985 before he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Physics, Heriot-Watt University where he established Optical Holography and subsequently the Diffractive and Micro-Optics Group. Following funding from Scottish Enterprise, the group has expended its activity into nano-structured fibre optics areas of research. Over the past 25 years Mo has been principle investigator or co-investigator on research grants totaling over £11Million from industry, research councils and EC carrying out research on optical computing and nonlinear optics. Present research interests include design, fabrication and modelling diffractive and refractive micro-optical elements in the scalar domain and design and modelling of sub-wavelength structures in the rigorous domain. Recent initiatives include the establishment a fibre drawing tower facilities to enable fabrication of nano-structured micro-optical elements in soft glass and polymeric materials (funded through Proof of Concept). Other projects include the development of electromagnetic pulse sensors and Microelectronic Single-Photon 3D Imaging Arrays for low-light high-speed Safety and Security Applications (MiSPIA), funded through EC. Mo has supervised over 15 PhD students, published more than 250 papers and presented many invited papers at national and international conferences. He holds several patents, and acts as consultant for a variety of companies and institutions both in the UK and worldwide.