Ph. D, University of California Los Angeles, 2008

MS, University of California Los Angeles, 2005

BE, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, 2002

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I'm working as an Associate Professor in the Electrical Communications Engineering (ECE) department at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore since June 2022. My areas of interest are in nonlinear optics, integrated micro- and nano-photonic devices and nonlinear optical microscopy. I was an Assistant Professor at IISc from 2016-2022. Before joining IISc, I was working as a research scientist at Agilent Research Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA from 2012-2016 in the area of biomedical imaging for cancer diagnostics and its clinical translation. I did my postdoctoral training under Professor Eric Potma at University of California Irvine, Chemistry department in the area of nonlinear optical microscopy with the focus on developing novel techniques for resolution and sensitivity improvement. I did my MS and Ph. D at University of California Los Angles, Electrical Engineering department from 2002-2008 under the guidance of Professor Bahram Jalali in the area of silicon photonics and building active photonic devices in silicon using Raman nonlinear optical processes. Please visit the other pages to learn more about my research, teaching interests, publications and about the Photonics Lab.

Contact information: Varun Raghunathan

ECE department

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore, Karnataka 560012

email: varunr[at]

phone: +80-2293-3473 (office)