Directors

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DR VIRENDER SANGWAN

Director, Center for Ocular Regeneration, LVPEI

Dr. Sangwan's a practicing ophthalmologist at the L.V.Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). Dr. Sangwan is best known for having perfected a method of limbal stem cell culturing to produce transparent, stitchable epithelium and transplanting them on human patients. His work has been covered in nature protocols.

Contact: srujana@lvpei.orgteam@lvpmitra.com

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PROF. RAMESH RASKAR

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar is a professor at MIT Media Lab, he's worked on developing exciting technologies such as the EyeNETRA. He is leading the global health as well as medical tricorder efforts at MIT supported by the Tata Center for Technology+Design and MIT Media Lab. Recent inventions include cameras to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, and low-cost eye care devices (NETRA) among many others. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography. You may know him from his TED talks onImaging at a trillion frames per second and his TEDMED talk.

Contact: srujana@lvpei.orgteam@lvpmitra.com

 

Project Coordinators

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JOHN WERNER

Head of Innovation and New ventures, Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab

John Werner is an innovator, mobilizer, and human super connector. He constantly builds community and is a ‘moonshot’ thinker innovating as he goes while incorporating the latest technologies. He believes wholeheartedly in 21st century collaborative creativity in innovating with direct human or environmental impact. At the MIT Media Lab, he supports developments on new imaging platforms, and developing hardware and software technologies to augment human vision.

Contact: jwerner@mit.edu

 
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BETH ZONIS

Director of Partnerships and Programs for the Emerging Worlds SIG, MIT Media Lab

Beth Zonis has over 25 years of experience in strategy, innovation, and communications. She has worked for several IT startups, IBM, and MIT. She founded and ran her own consulting firm, Eco Marketing. Prior to working with the Emerging Worlds team, she helped build the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Skoltech in Moscow, and she led communications for the Office of Digital Learning at MIT. She is strengthening the Emerging Worlds platform in India, enabling innovation hubs in new regions, and engaging new members. Beth is a mentor with the Cleantech Open and a Board Member of ACTION, an association of cleantech incubators. Beth holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, cum laude, in Political Science and French, and an MBA from Boston University. She speaks French and Spanish.

Contact: zonis@mit.edu

DHRUV JOSHI

Project Manager, LVP-MITRA Programme

Technical Head, Srujana Center for Innovation, LVPEI

Dhruv Joshi's been trying to bring students together for the common cause of finding engineering solutions to the nation's problems since 2012, when he started the Mars Society India chapter while studying at IIT Bombay. He graduated top of his class and his interests lie in light-matter interactions, imaging systems, microscopy and instrumentation. Dhruv is extremely passionate about translating technologies out from the lab to improve the quality of life of the masses.

Contact: joshi@lvpei.org

 

TECHNICAL MENTORS

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SHANTANU SINHA

Graduate student, MIT Media Lab

Shantanu's interests lie primarily at the confluence of computer vision, machine learning, signal processing and optics. At MIT he is currently designing imaging systems for cost-effective, portable medical diagnostics. 

Contact: sssinha@mit.edu

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TRISTAN SWEDISH

Graduate student, MIT Media Lab

Tristan has an interest in refactoring hardware, imaging systems, and the algorithms that turn unstructured measurements into useful information.

Contact: tswedish@mit.edu 

 

Clinical Mentors

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DR ANTHONY VIPIN DAS

Consultant Ophthalmologist, LVPEI

Dr Vipin is best known for building the eyeSmart EMR, an award-winning Electronic Medical Record and Hospital Management system which is operational across the entire LVPEI network. He's been named among the top 35 innovators under 35 years in the world on the 2012 list by MIT. He is a TED senior fellow.

Contact: vipin@lvpei.org

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DR PREMNANDHINI SATGUNAM

Associate Research Optometrist, LVPEI

Premnandhini has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of vision rehabilitation at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. Her current research interest at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is in the area of pediatric vision rehabilitation, visual development in children with vision impairment and binocular vision.

Contact: premnandhini@lvpei.org

 
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DR ASHUTOSH RICHHARIYA

Associate Director and Head, Institute of Translational Research Engineering and Advancement of Technology, LVPEI

A Nehru-Fulbright Scholar, Ashutosh was placed at The Ohio State University and The University of Rochester for research, before joining LVPEI. His interests are in the areas of Corneal Biomechanics, Finite Element Modeling and Optical Instrumentation.

Contact: ashutosh@lvpei.org

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DR SHRIKANTH BHARADWAJ

Associate Director of Optometry, LVPEI

Dr Bharadwaj is a vision scientist at LV Prasad Eye Institute.  His current research focuses on how infants, children and adults use their focusing and eye-alignment responses to achieve a clear and single vision and why some individuals develop abnormalities like eye-turn and lazy eye, while other age-matched controls do not. 

Contact: bharadwaj@lvpei.org

 

LVP-MITRA Fellows

Jahnavi Chowdary Tharigopula, IIIT Hyderabad

Divya Jyothi Gaddipati, IIIT Hyderabad

Ayush Yadav, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Vatsal Kanakiya, KJSCE Mumbai

Dhruv Kohli, IIT Guwahati

Chakri Muthyala, RGUKT, RK Valley

Akshaya Agrawal, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Ebin Philip, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Vikas Raj, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Aamir Jowher, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

previous fellows

Pushyami Rachapudi, IIIT Hyderabad 

Devesh Jain, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Sujeath Pareddy, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Rajat Aggarwal, IIIT Hyderabad

Vishal Gupta, IIIT Hyderabad

Sandeep Vempati, VIT Chennai

Abhishek Baronia, MIT Pune

Dhruvil Soni, MIT Pune

Sankalp Modi, VIT Vellore

Darpan Sanghavi, IIT Bombay

Tejaswi Kasarla, JNTU Hyderabad

Aparajita Sahoo, FRCRCE Mumbai

Karthik Reddy, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology Hyderabad

Venumadhav Kattagoni, IIIT Hyderabad

Tanmay Kulkarni, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology Mumbai

Deval Shah, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Dhaivat Bhat, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Dolly Shahani, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Mudit Jain, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Manasi Muglikar, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Amit Chawla, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus