Group Members

Group Leader

Dr. Samar MohantyDr. Samar Mohanty, is working in the Department of Physics since Fall 2009 after finishing Postdoctoral fellowship at Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. He did his M. Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1998 and worked as a scientist in Centre for Advanced Technology, India. Dr. Mohanty did his Ph.D. in Physics in 2006 from IISc, India. His research interests include Biophysics and Physiological studies at molecular and cellular level to whole organism.

smohanty@uta.edu
Ph: (817) 272-1177




RESEARCH STAFF

Subrata BatabyalSubrata Batabyal
I am a Postdoc scholar in biophysics and physiology research lab. My research interests include the study and development of novel opsin gene to control cellular activity using optogenetic stimulation, and the development of optical detection systems.


subratab@uta.edu
Ph: (817) 272-1533

 

Thea BlesenerThea Blesener, graduated in Microbiology at UT Arlington. She is working with optical tweezers for studying single cell properties and interactions.



thea.blesener@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: (817) 272-1533

 

Nelson Cardenas Nelson Cardenas, graduated in Physics and Aerospace Engineering from UT Arlington. He is working on optical imaging at the nanoscale.

cardnelso@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533



Christopher CoteChristopher Cote, graduated in Biology and is carrying out experiments for optogenetics and motor proteins.

christopher.cote88@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533




 

Dr. Ling GuDr Ling Gu obtained her Ph.D. in 2010, from Zhejiang University of China. She has worked on ion channels
in hippocampal neurons using Patch clamp Electrophysiology and Multi-electrode arrays. Dr. Gu will be carrying
out Neuro-optoelectrophysiology studies using optogenetics and other hybrid optical tools for understanding
functions of neuronal cricuitry and intervention in neuronal dysfunction.

gulingmiz@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533

 

 

VISITING RESEARCHERS

Mathias VictorDr. Mathias Ajaeroh, is visiting from Nigeria. He is working with optical tweezers to study cellular biomechanics.

imajaeroh@yahoo.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533




 

Amit KumarAmit Kumar, is pursuing M.S. in Physics at IISER-Kolkata. He is working on optical stimulation of cells.

amitkp.iiser@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533




 

Harshit LakhotiaHarshit Lakhotia, is pursuing M.S. in Physics at IISER-Kolkata. He is using Polarization microscopy to characterize microscopic samples.

innovharshit@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533




 

Jitendra SolankiJitendra Solanki, PhD
I am working as a visiting research scholar with Dr. Mohanty. My major research areas are in optics and biophotonics. I previously worked on instrumentation for measurement of implanted sensors, particularly luminescence lifetime analysis of oxygen and glucose sensors. Now, I'm working on optical coherence tomography(OCT) for cellular imaging and activity detection using polarization, phase and fluorescence.

jitendras17285@gmail.com
Ph: (817) 272-1533

 

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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Bryan BlackBryan Black, graduated from University of North Carolina and is currently pursuing Ph. D. in Physics at UT-Arlington. Bryan is working on Multimodal imaging and manipulation.


bblack@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Lalit ChudalLalit Chudal
Bachelor in science - 2009- Tri-bhuvan University, Nepal
Master's in physics- 2012- Tri-bhuvan University,Nepal
PhD Candidate- Since 2014- University of Texas at Arlington, US

Research interest- Biophysics and Physiology
I am deeply motivated to understand and explore neurons and their physical and electrical activity. My hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and reading.


lalit.chudal@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533

 

Kamal DhakalKamal Dhakal, is currently a Ph. D. student in Physics. Prior to joining UT-Arlington, he worked as a Ph.D. student at University of Rhodes Island. Kamal will be working on in-vivo optical imaging and Biophysical modulation of cellular network.


kamal.dhakal@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Bipin JoshiBipin Joshi, graduated from University of Mumbai in Biomedical Engineering and is currently a graduate student in Bioengineering at UT-Arlington. Bipin is working on Quantitative phase microscopy and spectral phase imaging of cells and biomolecules.


bipin.joshi@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533

Hori Pada SarkerHori Pada Sarker
I got my BS degree from department of physics of university of Dhaka, Bangladesh and I got my MS degree from department of theoretical physics of the same university (Specialization: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics). Now I am working for my PhD degree in Biophysics and Physiology Group, Department of Physics, UTA, USA. In leisure time I like to listen to music, watch movies and read books.


horipada.sarker@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Sarmishtha SatpathySarmishtha Satpathy
I completed my MS in EE at UTA and am currently pursuing my PhD in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Mohanty. I work on optical stimulation and detection of cellular activity. For my thesis, I'll be studying neural circuitry by employing various optical manipulation and detection techniques. I enjoy travelling, and I love good books, food and movies.


sarmishtha.satpathy@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Image not availableDoctoral Position in Biophotonics (Instrumentation, imaging and manipulation): Arlington, TX








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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Aaminah AzharAaminah Azhar, is pursuing B.S. in Biology. She is currently working on an optogenetic project.



aaminah.azhar@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533



 

Bishorup BanjaraBishorup Banjara, pursuing B.S. in Physics, is working on optical manipulation of cancer cells.



bishorup.banjara@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533



 

Jade BowermanJade Bowerman
I'm an undergraduate working towards physics with pre med degree and minors in math, chemistry, and biology. I'm interested in getting an MD PhD. I like hiking, scuba diving, and reading.



jade.bowerman@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533

 

Greg CervenkaGreg Cervenka
I am an undergraduate biology major. I culture bacteria as well as purify and isolate plasmids in Dr. Mohanty's lab. I plan on going to medical school. I am involved in a few organizations on campus such as Mavs 4 Unicef and the honors college. I enjoy swimming and listening to music.



gregory.cervenka@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: (817) 272-1533


 

Carolyn EstradaCarolyn Estrada
I am a Biomedical Engineering (Pre-Med) Undergrad student working on cellular and molecular biology techniques related to optogenetics. My interests include reading, listening to music, and traveling.



carolyn.estrada@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Zara HassanZara Hassan, is an undergrad student in Dept of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is currently working on axonal manipulation.



zara.hassan@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533



 

Michael Nguyen
I am an undergraduate pre-med student majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am currently working in Dr. Smarendra Mohanty lab on cellular and molecular biology techniques related to optogenetics as well as doing animal research. My goal is to be able to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon.

My interests and hobbies includes reading, playing sports, listening to music, and traveling.



michaelhnguyen@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Simon OrdonezSimon Ordonez, currently pursuing B.S. in Biology at University of Texas - Arlington. Simon is working on Biophysical and biochemical characterization of optical guidance and manipulation of neurons.

simon.ordonez@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533



 

Hector TejedaHector Tejeda, pursuing B.S. in Physics (Major) and Biology (minor), is working on development of spatio-temporal optogenetic stimulation source and evaluation of new opsins for better neuronal stimulation.


hector.tejeda@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Donald ThevalingamDonald Thevalingam, graduated from UT Austin in Neuroscience. He is currently working on optical stimulation of cells.


dthevalingam@gmail.com
Ph: 817-272-1533



 

Michael Ikenna UgwuleboMichael Ikenna Ugwulebo
I am a junior working on a Biology/ chemistry degree. I plan on going to medical school. I have 2 siblings.


michael.ugwulebo@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533


 

Hector ZaptaHector Zapata, pursuing B.S. in Physics, is working on single motor molecule experiments.


hector.zapata@mavs.uta.edu
Ph: 817-272-1533




 

Image not availableWe are looking for Undergraduate students for research on fiber optical tweezers, life-time spectroscopy and optogenetic stimulation.







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LAB ALUMNI

Visiting researcher:
Vijayalakshmi Varadarajan
Patrick Thomas
Yogeshwar Mishra
Meenakshi Kohli
Argha Mondal

Post doctoral fellow:
Dr. Hafez Ataya
Dr. Willard Hanson

Graduate students:
Rahul Patil
Aswini
Ninad Ingle
Mervyn Pinto
Kunal Tiwari
Suyash Chhajed
Annas Javed
Shivaranjani Shivalingaiah
Tejaswini Bhagwat
Manas Bhalerao
Harshit Vallabharao
Somdutta Chakraborty

Undergraduate Researchers:
Raji Fashafsha
Cyprian Okobi
DonDre Rose
Erica Ecstrand
Michael Hatfield
Kevin Luciani
Christian Michael Chaheine
Jeremy Stewart
Alex Villalobos

High School students:
Aubrey Korol
Anna Liu

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