From 2009 to 2011, Graduate School in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on neuroscience and biotech management from Carnegie Mellon University
From 2006 to 2008, MS in Biomedical Engineering with focus on biophotonics from Univ of California Irvine
From 2000 to 2005, BE in Electrical Engineering from MSU
From 2013 to present, Researcher
From 2011 to 2013, Researcher
From 2009 to 2011, Research Scientist
Carnegie Mellon Univ/ Medtronic
From 2006 to 2008, Research Scientist
Univ of California Irvine / Abbott Medical Optics
From 2004 to 2006, International Researcher
Optical Trapping Group, Univ of St Andrews Scotland, Univ of Pavia- Italy, FLI Jena Germany, CAT- India
From 2015 to present, Biodesign Researcher
From 2004 to 2006, Manipulation of red blood cells using optical tweezers: Malaria Diagnosis
From 2006 to 2008, Invivo and invitro study models of axonal injury and regeneration using femto second lasers
From 2009 to 2011, Study of mitochondrial transport in Alzheimer's Disease model of Drosophila axons using fluorescence microscopy
Biomedical Optics: Laser Tweezers and Lasers Scissors
Biomedical Engineering: Medical Devices
Cellular biophotonics, OCT, confocal imaging, fluorescence spectroscopy
orthopedic surgery, general surgery, healthcare outcomes research
“Dynamics of Interaction of RBC with optical tweezers”, Opt. Exp. 13, 4745-4751 (2005), V. J. Biol. Phys. Res. (2005)
“Orientation of erythrocytes in optical trap revealed by con-focal fluorescence microscopy”, J. Biomed. Opt. 12, 06 (2007)
“In depth fibre optic trapping of low-index microscopic objects”, Appl Phys. Lett. 92, 151113 (2008)
“Fibre based cellular transfection”, Optics Express, 16, 21, 17007-17013 (2008)
“Fibre based cellular transfection”, Virt. J. of Biol. Phys. Res. 16 (9), November 1, (2008).
“Organization of microscale objects using a micro-fabricated optical fiber”, Opt Lett. 33(18):2155-7 (2008)
“Organization of microscale objects using a microfabricated optical fiber tip”, V. J. Biol. Phys. Res.3 (11), October 22 (2008).
“Manipulation of mammalian cells using a single-fiber optical microbeam”, J Biomed Opt.13(5):054049 (2008)
“Single-Fiber Optical Tweezers for Cellular Micro-Manipulation”, featured in "Optics in 2008", Optics & Photonics News 19, 42-42 (2008)
“Micro-fabrication and actuation of micro-fluidic valve using trapped cylindrical objects”, Proc. of International conference on Photonics, held at Cochin, India, 8, (2004).
“Optical micromanipulation of microscopic particles using axicon tipped fiber”, SPIE proceedings, 6095: 60950F (2006)
“RBCs under Optical Tweezers as Cellular Motors & Rockers: Micro-fluidic Appl.”, Proc. SPIE, 6326, 63262E, (2006)
“Fiber optic trapping of low-refractive-index particles”, Proc. SPIE, 6088: 608812 (2006)
“Manipulation of microscopic objects using micro-bubble formed on the nanotube- functionalized conical fiber tip”, Oral (Invited), Optics & Photonics, SPIE, held in USA (2006)
“Rotational behavior of erythrocytes in optical trap: revisited by confocal fluorescence microscopy”, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues V. Proc. SPIE, 6441: 644111 (2007)
“Dispersion of carbon nano-tubes and nanotube-assisted bubble formation using near infrared optical tweezers.” SPIE conference on “Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IV” held at San Diego (Aug 2007)
“Single fibre optical tweezers for manipulation of microscopic objects” Proc. of SPIE, 6441, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues V, 644116 (2007)
“Azimuthal trapping and optical binding observed in single fiber optical tweezers”, SPIE conference on “Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IV” held at San Diego (Aug 2007)
“Directional Guidance of Neuronal Growth Cones Using an Optically Driven Micro-Motor”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology: 1468 - B626, held at San Diego (Dec 2009)
“Computational characterization and analysis of spatial temporal mitochondria dynamics in Drosophila segmental nerves”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology: 2026 - B312 held at Philadelphia (Dec 2010)
“Nanometer resolution characterization of axonal cargo transport in Drosophila segmental nerves”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology: 2027 – B315, held at Philadelphia (Dec 2010)
Honors and Awards
Received an outstanding young researcher International Award from the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). One of the SPIE’s most prestigious award for scholarly achievements of student scientists: Value USD 10,000 http://spie.org/x13001.xml. First Indian to receive the honor.
Patent approved for a novel medical device: “Photo-electric device, method for high throughput activation, guidance and poration of targeted cells with high spatial resolution” (2010).
Awarded International Summer Fellowships for biomedical optics research at institutes in Italy, Germany and Scotland.
Judge on the life sciences panel for Randall Family Big Idea competition – Univ. of Pitt technology commercialization
Awarded the Indian American Alumni Associate award for outstanding contributions to research and for further graduate school education
Panelist on the MIT Enterprise Forum – “In search of early stage funding” for the Pittsburgh chapter.