Scientific Advisors

Anil Prabhakar
Domain Expert

Dr. Anil Prabhakar received his PhD in 1997 from Carnegie Mellon University, with a dissertation on the Nonlinear Spin-wave Optical Interactions. He has been with the faculty at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Madras since 2002 with current research interests in the areas of phonics, magnonics, bio-engineering and assertive technologies. He has co-authored a book on Spin Waves, has more than 40 journal papers and 5 patents. He is a Director of an IITM incubated company, Unilumen Photonics, that focuses on fiber laser development. Prior to joining IIT Madras, Dr. Prabhakar held various staff and managerial positions in the hard disk drive industry, working in areas of design, characterization and failure analysis of GMR recording heads. He was a recipient of the 2007 the INAE Young Engineer, for his contributions to optics and electromagnetic.


Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed
Domain Expert

Taslimarif Saiyed is the Director and COO of C-CAMP, Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms. In this role, he manages C-CAMP’s technology platforms, growth strategies, strategic collaborations for new technology creation, education and training programmers, business and innovation accelerator unit. He also oversees the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at C-CAMP.

Prior to joining C-CAMP, he worked as a Scientist with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying neuro degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. He holds a doctorate in Neuroscience from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany. In the bay area, he also served as a Management Consultant with QB3 New Biotech Venture Consulting as well as in an individual capacity where he consulted for biotech firms in the US.

Mark Mathias
Electronics/Technical Expert

Holds a BTech in Electronics and Communication) from IIT Madras, Chennai, India, (1977) and an MS (Computer Technology) from the University of Maryland College Park, USA (1979)

Over 35 years of experience in design and management of projects of complex Digital and Embedded Systems. Experienced in designing several state-of-the-art products through the entire product life cycle, from concept to mass manufacturing and sustenance of the product, the engineering activities have included Specification, Hardware and Software Design Industrial Design, Prototyping, Manufacturing Support and Certifications for Regulatory Compliance. The notable product developments have included affordable low power appliances, Simputer Mobilis, for use in applications to bridge the Digital Divide, and the Sathi. The Mobilis and Simputer are battery operated, ARM based Linux devices and have included a variety of interfaces for display, HMI, identification, communication, image capture, removable storage and internet access. The primary applications of these products include e-governance, education, mobile banking and telemedicine application. The Sathi was primarily developed for the Indian Army to provide situation awareness in a battle field. The product is a handheld, battery-operated, ARM based, Linux device with an integrated GIS System and secure proprietary mesh networking between devices. The device provides a display of a Geo-referenced map on which the position of all users with access to the network is shown. The device also supports long range back channel communication, thus enabling operational control from a remote location.

Sai Siva Gorthi
Domain Expert

Sai Siva Gorthi is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instrumentation & Applied Physics (D-IAP) and heading the Optics & Microfluidics Instrumentation (OMI) Lab at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is also a Faculty Entrepreneur of IISc. and the Founding Director of Shanmukha Innovations Pvt. Ltd. 

Prior to joining IISc, he was a post-doctoral fellow of the Rowland Institute at Harvard University, where he developed multiple imaging modalities for recording information of fast flowing cells in microfluidic devices. He obtained his doctorate in Optical Metrology from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2010. Currently at IISc, part of his group is focusing on the development of various Point-of-Care Diagnostic devices with the combination of optics, microfluidics, and electronics. His research interests include Optofluidics, Flow Cytometry, Computational Imaging and Optical Metrology. He is a recipient of several awards including DBT’s Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA 2013), BIRAC’s Biotechnology Ignition Grant (and The Best Innovators Pitch Award) in 2014, DST’s Fast-track Young Scientist Award in 2014, DBT’s Young Investigators Award in Cancer Biology in 2015, and ISOI’s Young Scientist/Engineer Award in 2015. He has published over 50 papers in International Journals and filed over 10 Indian Patents.