Yana Izdebskaya

Research Interests

  • Tunable dielectric metasurfaces
  • Light-matter interaction
  • Liquid crystals
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Singular optics


  • PhD, Optics and Laser Physics, Taurida National University
  • M.Sc. (Hons), Physics, Taurida National University
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Physics, Taurida National University

Achievements & Awards

  • ARC Discovery Project DP130101428 (2013 -2015)
  • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) DP110102349 (2011 -2014)
  • The Award for the Best Talk, Laser and Fiber
  • Optical Networks Modelling Conference (2008)


  • Manipulate

Dr Yana Izdebskaya is a Research Fellow at TMOS at the Australian National University. Additionally, Dr Izdebskaya serves as a Research Program Manager at TMOS within Theme 2, “Manipulate”. Dr Izdebskaya is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, ARC Discovery Project, and SPIE Educational Scholarships in Optical Science and Engineering. Some of her publications have been featured in special December issues of the Optics and Photonics News, OSA “Spotlight on Optics,” Physics Today, and Physics World. She also actively participates as a reviewer for prestigious scientific journals and has served as a reviewer for the European Commission’s Research and Innovation programs, including “Horizon Europe – Pathfinder Open 2022”, “Horizon 2020 FET-Open”, “Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies” and “Challenging Current Thinking”. She has been a Technical Program Committee Member of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) for 2022 and 2023. Dr Izdebskaya’s current research focuses on the development of dynamically tunable dielectric metasurfaces using liquid crystals for reconfigurable devices that enable efficient light modulation for various applications. Dr Izdebskaya holds a PhD degree in Optics and Laser Physics from Taurida National University in Ukraine.

Current Projects

  • Liquid crystal-based tunable metasurfaces
  • Multiresponsive metasurfaces with structured electrodes
  • Laser-induced periodic surface structures

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