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Prof. Samarendra Mohanty

Prof. Samarendra  Mohanty

Assistant professor
Biophysics and Physiology group
Department of Physics
University of Texas, Arlington

502 Yates Str.
Arlington TX 76019
United States

tel: 817 272 1177
fax: 817 272 3637
E-mail: samarendramohanty@gmail.com
Web: http://www.uta.edu/faculty/smohanty/index.html#

Area of Expertise

Biophotonics, Optical tweeers, Laser microscopy, Neurophotonics, Optical imaging

Biography

Prof. Samar Mohanty is leading Biophysics and Physiology Group at University of Texas, Arlington. His group is using photonics technology (optical tweezers, laser scissors, multiphoton/confocal microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, digital holographic microscopy) combined with nanotechnology, microfluidics, genetics, and electrical tools for manipulating and imaging molecular and cellular processes from single cell to whole organism level. He has over 60 research papers, several patents to his name. Samar has carried out biophotonics research in several countries including India, Germany, Italy, UK and Singapore. The Biophysics and Physiology Group enjoys strong national and international collaborations. Samar has co-founded several start up companies based on photonics technologies and encourages Academic-industry partnerships for translating research innovations to routine usage.

Lecture Title(s)


Neurophotonics

Though photonics technologies are being used for imaging structure and function of neurons at the cellular to animal levels, it has just begun to be used to manipulate, and control neuronal activity and thus remotely modulate animal behavior. While Optical tweezers can impart mechanical force to direct neuronal growth, it can also measure force of axonal migration. Further, laser Scissors is being used for transfection of neurons and nano-surgery of single axons in-vitro as well as in-vivo. Indirect optical manipulation of neurons can also be achieved by generating optofluidic flow and optoelectric fields. Most importantly, optogenetic stimulation of neurons at the in-vitro and in-vivo level has enabled potential intervention of neurological disorders. I will discuss recent developments and work carried out in my group on Neurophotonics.

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