The tribe


Shanthanu Chakravarthy


Shanthanu is a Mechanical Engineer by training and has a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He has an M.S. degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.  For his PhD research, Shanthanu studied haptics and simulation related issues for developing an endoscopy simulator. The first product from Mimyk would be based on the endoscopy simulator developed during this research work.

Shanthanu’s interests are in medical devices, haptics, robotics, and virtual reality-based simulators.

Balaji Gopal


Balaji received his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India. He has worked on a number of devices such as micropump for insulin delivery applications, pipe inspection Robot, and MEMS manufacturing. Balaji has experience in running businesses across manufacturing and construction domains.

Balaji’s interests are in medical devices, robotics, and manufacturing.

Nithin Shivashankar


Nithin received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Manipal Institute of Technology.  Nithin received “IBM best thesis award” for his PhD work focused on computational topology and scientific visualization.

Nithin’s interests are in scientific visualization and computational topology.

Raghu Menon


Raghu  is an engineer and product designer by training. He received his Mdes degree from the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He also holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge.

Raghu is an expert in new product development and innovation strategy.

Phylogeny: The Gurus

Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh, Mech Engg, IISc


G. K. Ananthasuresh received the B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1994. He is currently a Professor of mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (during 1995–1996), taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (during 1996–2004), and served as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., and the Katholike Univesiteit, Leuven, Belgium. He is on the Editorial Boards of eight journals. He is a coauthor of more than 180 papers in journals and conferences, as well as a textbook, two edited books, and ten book chapters. His current research interests include compliant mechanisms, kinematics, multidisciplinary design optimization, microsystems technology, micro- and mesoscale manufacturing, protein design, and cellular biomechanics. Dr. Ananthasuresh received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998–2002) in the U.S. and the Swarnajayanthi Fellowship (2007–2012) and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2010) in India, as well as seven best paper awards at international and national conferences.

Prof. Vijay Natarajan, CSA , IISc


Vijay Natarajan is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Duke University in 2004 and holds the B.E. degree in computer science and M.Sc. degree in mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. His research interests include scientific visualization, computational geometry, and computational topology.

Prof. Vijay Chandru, Chairman, Strand Life Sciences

Dr. Chandru - portraitVijay Chandru had his formal training as an early data scientist in Electrical Engineering (BE BITS- Pilani), in Systems Science and Engineering (MS, UCLA) and in Decision Sciences (PhD, MIT). Building on this foundation, he has had over 35 years of experience straddling various geographies, academic environments and industries. His academic career in teaching and research in computational mathematics was substantially at Purdue University (1982-92) and the Indian Institute of Science since 1992. A fellow of the Indian academies of engineering and science, Chandru is currently an adjunct visiting professor of interdisciplinary sciences in Bio-Engineering and in Cyber Physical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science. As a technology entrepreneur he was one of the inventors of the Simputer® and currently serves as the Chairman of Strand Life Sciences, both spinoffs from IISc. He was named a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2007 and for contributions to science and society, Professor Chandru was awarded the Hari Om Trust Award by University Grants Commission in 2003 and the President’s Medal of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) in 2006. In 2008, India Today named him in the 50 pioneers of change in the country.

Dr. Pradeep Rebala, MS., M.Ch (Surg Gastro)


Dr. Pradeep Rebala is a senior consultant at the department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. He has vast experience in gastroenterology and has been actively involved in medical device development. He has several medical publications to his credits. He also advised during the initial simulator developmental work at the IISc.

Dr. K. Lakshman, L.R.C.P, M.R.C.S.(Lon), F.R.C.S. (EDIN), F.R.C.S. (Eng.)


Dr. K. Lakshman is a practicing surgeon, endoscopists, and the former director of skills lab at the Bangalore Medical College (BMC). He has vast experience in medical teaching. He has constantly been advising our team on our research activity relating to endoscopy.  Dr. Lakshman has set up the Clinical Skills Centre, including Laparoscopic Skills Lab at the BMC. He has published several original articles and editorials in indexed journals.