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Dr Boguslaw Obara, MSc PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42431
Room number: E290 (christopherson bulding)


My key research interests are image processing, pattern recognition, and computer vision applied in a wide range of domains, from biology, medicine, and engineering to arts & humanities.


  • Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, University of Durham, Durham, UK.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford e-Research Centre and Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for BioImage Informatics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
  • Research Assistant, Vision Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
  • Research Assistant, Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Research Assistant, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland.


  • PhD in Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
  • MSc in Physics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests

  • Image Processing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Vision
  • BioImage Informatics

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Journal Article

  • Fricker, Mark D., Akita, Dai, Heaton, Luke L.M., Jones, Nick, Obara, Boguslaw & Nakagaki, Toshiyuki (2017). Automated analysis of Physarum network structure and dynamics. Journal of Physics D 50(25): 254005.
  • Sawant, Mugdha, Schwarz, Nicole, Windoffer, Reinhard, Magin, Thomas, Krieger, Jan, Mucke, Norbert, Obara, Boguslaw, Jankowski, Vera, Jankowski, Joachim, Wally, Verena, Lettner, Thomas, Reichelt, Julia & Leube, Rudolf E. (2017). Threonine 150 phosphorylation of keratin 5 is linked to EBS and regulates filament assembly, cell cycle and oxidative stress response. Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • Massey, M.K., Kotsialos, A., Volpati, D., Vissol-Gaudin, E., Pearson, C., Bowen, L., Obara, B., Zeze, D.A., Groves, C. & Petty, M.C. (2016). Evolution of Electronic Circuits using Carbon Nanotube Composites. Scientific Reports 6: 32197
  • Willcocks, Chris, Jackson, Philip T.G., Nelson, Carl J. & Obara, Boguslaw (2016). Extracting 3D parametric curves from 2D images of helical objects. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 39(3): 1757-1769.
  • Carl J. Nelson, Patrick Duckney, Timothy J. Hawkins, Michael J. Deeks, Philippe Laissue, Patrick J. Hussey & Boguslaw Obara (2015). Bioimage informatics for plant sciences. Blobs and curves: object-based colocalisation for plant cells. Functional Plant Biology 42(5): 471-485.
  • Alexander Lichius, Andrew B. Goryachev, Mark D. Fricker, Boguslaw Obara, Ernestina Castro-Longoria & Nick D. Read (2014). Functional divergence of RAC1 and CDC42 small GTPases during cell fusion in Neurospora crassa. Histochemistry and Cell Biology 127(9): 1953-1965.
  • Boguslaw Obara, Asma Jabeen, Nelson Fernandez & Pierre Philippe Laissue (2013). A novel method for quantified, superresolved, three-dimensional colocalisation of isotropic, fluorescent particles. Histochemistry and Cell Biology 139(3): 391-402.
  • Obara, Boguslaw, Roberts, Mark A.J., Armitage, Judith P. & Grau, Vicente (2013). Bacterial cell identification in differential interference contrast microscopy images. BMC Bioinformatics 14: 134.
  • Asma Jabeen, Jose Maria Miranda-Sayago, Boguslaw Obara, Patrick Simon Spencer, Gill Barbara Dealtry, Soren Hayrabedyan, Pierre Philippe Laissue & Nelson Fernandez (2013). Quantified colocalization reveals heterotypic histocompatibility class I antigen associations on trophoblast cell membranes: relevance for human pregnancy. Biology of Reproduction 89(4): 1-10.
  • Obara, Boguslaw, Grau, Vicente & Fricker, Mark (2012). A bioimage informatics approach to automatically extract complex fungal networks. Bioinformatics 28(18): 2374-2381.
  • Timothy M.E. Scales, Boguslaw Obara, Mark R. Holt, Neil A. Hotchin, Fedor Berditchevski & Maddy Parsons (2012). alpha3 beta1 integrins regulate CD151 complex assembly and membrane dynamics of carcinoma cells within 3D environments. Oncogene
  • Luke Heaton Boguslaw Obara, Vincente Grau, Nick Jones, Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Lynne Boddy & Mark Fricker (2012). Analysis of fungal networks. Fungal Biology Reviews 26(1): 12-29.
  • Obara, Boguslaw, Fricker, Mark, Gavaghan, David & Grau, Vicente (2012). Contrast-independent curvilinear structure detection in biomedical images. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 21(5): 2572-2581.
  • Mostyn Brown, Bradley Steel, Claudio Silvestrin, David Wilkinson, Nocolas Delalez, Craig Lumb, Boguslaw Obara, Judith Armitage & Richard Berry (2012). Flagellar hook flexibility is essential for bundle formation in swimming Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology
  • Boguslaw Obara, Alena Kozusnikova & Jiri Scucka (2011). Automatic identification of microcracks observed on microscopic images of coarse-grained sandstone. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 48(4): 681-686.
  • Boguslaw Obara, Michael Veeman, Jae Hyeok Choi, William Smith & B. S. Manjunath (2011). Segmentation of ascidian notochord cells in DIC timelapse images. Microscopy Research and Technique 74(8): 727-734.
  • Kvilekval, Kris, Fedorov, Dmitry Obara, Boguslaw, Singh, Ambuj K. & Manjunath, B. S. (2010). Bisque: a platform for bioimage analysis and management. Bioinformatics 26(4): 544-552.
  • Diego Piedrahita, Israel Hernandez, Alejandro Lopez-Tobon, Diego Alzate, Frank LaFerla, Beverly Davidson, Dmitry Fedorov, Boguslaw Obara, B. S. Manjunath, Kenneth Kosik, Gallego-Gomez Juan Carlos & Cardona-Gomez Gloria Patricia (2010). Silencing of CDK5 reduces neurofibrillary tangles in transgenic Alzheimers mice. Journal of Neuroscience 30(42): 13966-13976.
  • Roeder, Adrienne H. K., Chickarmane, Vijay, Cunha, Alexandre, Obara, Boguslaw, Manjunath, B.S. & Meyerowitz, Elliot M. (2010). Variability in the control of cell division underlies sepal epidermal patterning in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Biology 8(5): e1000367.
  • Drelie Gelasca, Elisa, Obara, Boguslaw, Fedorov, Dmitry, Kvilekval, Kris & Manjunath, B. S. (2009). A biosegmentation benchmark for evaluation of bioimage analysis methods. BMC Bioinformatics 10: 368.
  • Arkadiusz Chworos & Boguslaw Obara (2009). Automatic analysis of conjugated polyelectrolytes - DNA interactions based on sequential analysis of AFM imaging. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 8(4): 457-462.

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