BLI Profiles

Vasan Venugopalan

Professor (Joint Appointment), Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering MIT 1994

Phone:  949.824.5802

Research Interests

Optical diffusion theory, photothermal and photomechanical phenomena.

Research Abstract

Dr. Venugopalan's research focuses on laser-induced thermal, mechanical and radiative transport processes for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, biotechnology, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

Dr. Venugopalan's lab currently has three major research thrusts: 1) optical spectroscopic methods to non-invasively measure the optical and physiological properties of biological tissues for diagnosis and monitoring; 2) imaging of biological tissues using time-resolved optical interferometric methods; 3) development of pulsed laser microbeam methods for cellular manipulation and modification with applications for cellular microsurgery, microanalysis and MEMS.

Dr. Venugopolan holds joint faculty appointments at the Beckman Laser Institute and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has extensive research collaborations with faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Medicine.


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