Fatima Gunning Biography

Dr. Fatima Gunning is a Senior Staff Researcher at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland, since 2003. Dr. Gunning is originally from Brazil, where she holds a BSc in Physics (1995), MSc in Optoelectronics (1997) and PhD in Nonlinear Optics (2000) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), working with inducing nonlinear effects in glass and fibre via thermal poling. During her studies she worked as an intern at British Telecom for a number of years, which led to her appointment at Corning Research Centre at Martlesham Heath, where she worked with fast semiconductor electroabsorption modulators and wavelength selective switches. In Tyndall, she was part of the team that demonstrated Coherent WDM as a tool to increase capacity and spectral efficiency for the first time, and she also led the team that showed the first WDM transmission at 2μm as part of the FP7 EU project MODEGAP. Dr. Gunning is sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council and the European Union through the Horizon2020 project, TIPS. She’s also a Principal Investigator for the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), where she’s leading the team to integrate high capacity flexible optical networks with a software-defined control plane. Her interests range from novel semiconductor devices, through high capacity subsystems, novel optical fibres technologies, to software defined networks and applications of novel wavelengths in telecoms and sensing. She has currently the role of interim Head of Graduate Studies at Tyndall, she’s the Chair for the Empowering Women @ Tyndall committee to support, increase visibility and promote women at Tyndall, in addition to work with many STEM outreach activities.