Vasan Venugopalan

Professor (Joint Appointment), Biomedical Engineering
Professor (Joint Appointment), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor (Joint Appointment), Beckman Laser Institute

B.S., University of California,Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 1988
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 1990
Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 1994


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2575

ZOT Code: 
Office: ET 944F
Lab: ET 609
(949) 824-5802 Office
(949) 824-6103 Lab
(949) 824-2541

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.

Research topics: 
Optical diffusion theory, photothermal and photomechanical phenomena.