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    Madhusudhanan Balasubramanian, Ph.D. is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Computational Ocularscience laboratory.  Currently, Dr. Balasubramanian serves as Assistant Professor in theCo_Member_MBDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis.  Previously, from July 2011 to August 2013, he was Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego .

    His current research interests include studying the structure of the optic nerve head in normal eyes and eyes with progression of glaucoma; aqueous humor dynamics; biosolid, biofluid and their interaction dynamics; and computational science and engineering.

    He received the Diploma in electrical and electronics engineering from Muthiah Polytechnic, Annamalai Nagar, India, in 1995; the B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India, in 1998; the M.S. degree in systems science and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2003 and 2006, respectively; and Postgraduate Medical Study and Fellowship in Glaucoma Research from the University of California San Diego, La Jolla in June 2011.

    Dr. Balasubramanian is an active reviewer for the following research journals: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, International Journal of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Journal of Electronic Imaging, Journal of Glaucoma, Nature Eye, Optometry & Vision Science, and PLoS One.  He is an Expert Board Member of the International Journal of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Balasubramanian is a member of the following professional societies: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM; since 2004); Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO; since 2003); Imaging and Perimetry Society (IPS; since 2009); Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; since 2003); and Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE; since 2004).

    Selected Academic Awards

    1. NIH/NEI K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award recipient in 2011.
    2. Imaging and Perimetry Society–Heidelberg Engineering Young Researchers Award on "Relationship of Morphology and Function" in 2010.
    3. PSG College of Technology Alumni Award for the best Bachelor of Engineering project in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1998.
    4. Ranked second overall in a 3-year Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering among ~300 polytechnic schools in the state of Tamilnadu, India in 1995.


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    Rupesh Singh, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computational Ocularscience laboratory at The University of Memphis.rupeshSingh_Picture01

    Dr. Singh's current research interest and skills are in the area of computational biomedical modelling and simulations, glaucoma, machine learning, bioheat transfer, and lasers in medicine and biology. His current research projects and postdoctoral training are in the area of experimental biomedical techniques, medical electronics and numerical / computational modeling of the eye for biomarker development and early detection of glaucoma.

    Dr. Singh completed his Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India in 2015. Prior to his Ph.D. degree, he completed Master of Engineering degree in Medical Electronics in 2009 and Bachelor of Technology degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. He has professional teaching experience as lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at AIET, India.

    Selected Academic Achievements / Experience

    1. Research internship at the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
    2. Project work experience at the Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Bangalore, India. Project title: “Design and development of functional electrical stimulator (FES)”.
    3. Second prize in research poster competition: Singh R, Sasmal A, and Mishra S.C., “Nanoshell mediated optical cancer detection using short pulse laser radiation”, SEISMECH- The IITG Mechanical Symposium, 2014.
    4. Served as the ambassador at the IIT Guwahati for the Teach For India (TFI) initiative during 2012-2013.
    5. Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at AIET, India. (one year)

    Selected Journal Publications

    1. Singh R, Das K, Mishra S.C., Okajima J, and Maruyama S, "Minimizing tissue surface damage using convective cooling during laser induced thermal therapy – a numerical study", Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, ASME (doi:10.1115/1.4030698).
    2. Singh R, Das K, Okajima J, Maruyama S, and Mishra S.C., "Modelling skin cooling using optical windows and cryogens during laser induced hyperthermia in a multilayer vascularized tissue", Applied Thermal Engineering, 89, 28-35, 2015.
    3. Singh R, Das K, and Mishra S.C., "Laser-induced hyperthermia of nanoshell mediated vascularized tissue – a numerical study", Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 44, pp. 55-62, 2014.
    4. Mishra S.C., Singh R, Agarwal P, and Krishna C.H., "Analysis of radiative transport in a 2-D cylindrical participating medium subjected to collimated radiation", Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A, vol. 66(8), pp. 884-903, 2014.
    5. Bhowmik A, Singh R, Repaka R, Mishra S.C., "Conventional and newly developed bioheat transport models in vascularized tissues: A review", Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 38, pp. 107–125, 2013.
    6. Das K, Singh R, Mishra S.C., "Numerical analysis for determination of the presence of a tumor and estimation of its size and location in a tissue", Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 38(1), pp. 32–40, 2013.