Kishan Dholakia is a Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of St Andrews. His interests span a range of fundamental and applied photonics with a special emphasis on beam shaping of light including optical vortices and propagation invariant light fields. His group has been very active in the fields of optical manipulation and biophotonics over the last decade. He won the European Optics Prize in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Royal Society Wolfson-Merit Award Holder.