Ramy El-Ganainy

Ramy El-Ganainy


  • Professor, Physics
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Optics and Photonics, CREOL/UCF
  • MS, Optics, CREOL/UCF
  • MS, Electromagnetics, Cairo University
  • BS, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Cairo University


Ramy El-Ganainy received his undergraduate degree from Cairo University in 1999. In 2007, he obtained his master's degree from the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD, in 2009, from CREOL for his thesis work on nonlinear optical properties of nano-suspensions. Since 2009, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Physics Department, University of Toronto. Recently, he joined the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems as a guest scientist for a period of one year. Elected by the Board of Directors of Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, to the Society’s 2023 Fellow Class for seminal contributions in the fields of non-Hermitian photonics, parity-time symmetry, and optical supersymmetry.

His research interests span a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from classical optics to computational techniques for radiation-matter interactions. He has published 175+ papers and given more than 10 conference presentations.


  • Nonlinear effects in optical nanowires
  • Optical solitons in soft-matter
  • Parity-time symmetry in optics
  • QED effects inside photonic structures