|Grant ID: RR170075|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
August 16, 2017
Dr. Rohith Reddy is an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. He received a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The focus of his graduate research in Dr. Rohit Bhargava’s lab was on creating and enhancing mid-infrared spectroscopic imaging techniques for cancer diagnosis and other biomedical applications. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Gary Tearney at Harvard Medical School working on Optical Coherence Tomography. His current research combines spectroscopy, imaging and genomics for the early and improved detection of a variety of cancers. His lab has a suite of microscopy tools, label-free imaging devices as well as several spectroscopy and molecular imaging technologies for cell biology and medical applications.
Dr. Reddy’s research interests involve building new medical devices for cancer diagnosis based on infrared optics. In these devices (laser) light is shone on a certain region in the human body or a biological specimen. A portion of this light comes back from tissue after scattering and absorption inside the tissue. This light that comes back is not random. In fact, the structure of cells and specific molecular composition of tissue determine what light comes back and at what wavelengths. By understanding how light scatters and absorbs, and by studying light-tissue interaction at different wavelengths, Dr. Reddy’s lab can create a picture of what is going on inside the tissue. Even microscopic cellular structures can be seen and one can create high resolution images from which it is possible to determine if the tissue has a certain disease. His lab combines spectroscopy that provides label-free chemical and functional information with imaging that provides morphological information to study cells and tissue.