Dr. Pal Uttam Mrinal

Assistant Professor

E-mail: uttampal@iiitdm.ac.in | Room No: 119 J Laboratory Complex

Website: www.leaplab-iiitdm.co.in


Indian Institute of Science Bangalore


Ph.D. in Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (Biomedical Optics & Instrumentation)

2018 - 2021

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


M.Tech. in Electrical (Control and Computing)

2010 - 2013

Sardar Patel University


B.E. in Electronics and Communications

2004 - 2008


  1. Tissue optics: near-infrared, polarization-sensitive, and Raman spectroscopy

  2. Biomedical instrumentation

  3. Modeling and simulation of multiphysics phenomena

  4. Biomedical product design and development

Research Interests

  1. Optical Techniques for Cancer Margin Assessment

  2. Hybrid Opto-Thermal-Acoustic (OTA) Characterization for ex-vivo and in-vivo Clinical Diagnosis

  3. Bio-inspired Optical Materials and Devices

Honours + Awards + Recognitions

  1. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Awards-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  2. Received DST SERB ACCELERATE VIGYAN VRITIKA Scheme Project funding (Rs. 60,0000) for work on "A mobile camera-based Raman Spectroscopy device to study the molecular signature of breast cancer tissues ", 2022.

  3. Best performing Team (Applications Team), COMSOL Multiphysics, 2016

  4. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Recognitions-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  5. Delivered invited talk on "Recent Advances of Optical Sensors in Healthcare", KS College of Engineering and Management, 2022

  6. Delivered invited talk on "Multiphysics Simulation of Bio-MEMS Devices", Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre, 2021.

  7. Delivered invited talk on "Modeling Optic and Photonic Devices Using COMSOL Multiphysics", COMSOL Webinar, 2021.

  8. Delivered invited talk on "Improving the Performance of Medical Devices with Multiphysics Simulation", ET Healthworld, 2021.

  9. Delivered talk on "Simulating Ray Optics using COMSOL Multiphysics", COMSOL Webinar, 2020.

  10. Delivered talk on "Modeling RF & Microwave Heating with COMSOL", COMSOL Webinar, 2020

  11. Delivered training course on "Multiphysics modeling of electromagnetic devices (5 Days), COMSOL Training, 2020

  12. Delivered training course on "RF and wave optics modeling (4 Days)", COMSOL Training, 2020

  13. Delivered invited talk in Recent trends in semiconductor devices and MEMS/NEMS (RSTDM `19), Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, NIT Calicut, 2019

  14. Delivered talk on "Modeling high frequency electromagnetics using COMSOL Multiphysics", Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) Bengaluru, 2019

  15. Delivered talk on "Modeling Optics & Photonics Applications", COMSOL Hands-On Workshop, Thailand, 2017

  16. Delivered talk on "Modeling of MEMS devices with COMSOL Multiphysics", COMSOL Conference, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016

Work Experience


  1. 2022- Till date: Assistant Professor, IIITDM Kancheepuram


  1. 2009-2010: Project Engineer, IIT Bombay


  1. 2015 - 2022: Team Lead (High-Frequency Electromagnetics), COMSOL Multiphysics Pvt. Ltd

  2. 2014 - 2015: Research Associate, Evalueserve Pvt. Ltd.

  3. 2013 - 2014: Technology Analyst, De Core Science and Technologies Pvt. Ltd (Startup)

  4. 2010 - 2011: Design and Development Engineer, Bharat Electronics Limited

Professional Membership

  1. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  2. IEEE Photonics Society

  3. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology

  4. Optica (Formerly OSA)

  5. Optical Society of India

  6. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

  7. Plasma Science Society

Professional Service

  1. Teaching Learning Centre Program Co-ordinator

  2. Departmental National Education Policy Co-ordinator

  3. IIITDM Kancheepuram EMBS Faculty Advisor


  1. Control System

  2. Digital Circuit Practice

Journal Publications

  1. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2022-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  2. Arif Mohd. Kamal, Tushar Sakorikar, Uttam M. Pal, Hardik J. Pandya, “Engineering Approaches for Breast Cancer Diagnosis: A Review”, IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 2022, doi:10.1109/RBME.2022.3181700

  3. VSN Sitaramgupta, V, Arjun B S, Uttam M. Pal, Hardik J. Pandya, “Design and Analysis of MEMS-Based Force Sensors for Catheter Contact Force Measurements”, IEEE Sensors, 2022, DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2022.3177166.

  4. Twinkle Bagha, Arif Mohd Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Prasanna Simha Mohan Rao, Hardik J. Pandya, "Toward the development of a polarimetric tool to diagnose the fibrotic human ventricular myocardium," J. Biomed. Opt. 27(5) 055001, 2022 doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.27.5.055001

  5. Arif Mohd. Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Adithya Kumar, Gunabhi Ram Das, Hardik J. Pandya, “Towards the development of a portable LED-based polarization spectroscopy tool for breast cancer diagnosis”, J. Biophotonics 2022, 15(3), e202100282, doi.org/10.1002/jbio.202100282

  6. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2021-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  7. Uttam M. Pal, Ashika Nayak, Tejaswi Medisetti, Gayatri Gogoi, Himanshu Shekhar, M.S.N. Prasad, Jayant S. Vaidya, Hardik J. Pandya, “Hybrid Spectral-IRDx: Near-IR and Ultrasound Attenuation System for Differentiating Breast Cancer from Adjacent Normal Tissue", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 68, no. 12, pp. 3554-3563, 2021, doi: 10.1109/TBME.2021.3077582.

  8. Uttam M. Pal, Anil Vishnu GK, Manoj Varma, Jayant S. Vaidya, Hardik J. Pandya, "Thermo-Optic Measurements and their Inter-Dependencies for Breast Cancer Diagnosis", Journal of Biophotonics, 14 (8), e202100041, 2021, doi: 10.1002/jbio.202100041.

  9. Arif Mohd. Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Ashika Nayak*, Tejaswi Medisetti*s, Arjun B.S., Gayatri Gogoi, Jayant S. Vaidya, Hardik J. Pandya, “Towards Development of LED-based Time-Domain Near-IR Spectroscopy System for Delineating Breast Cancer from Adjacent Normal Tissue”, IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 21, no. 16, pp. 17758-17765, 2021, doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2021.3082850.

  10. Arif Mohd. Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Adithya Kumar, Gunabhi Ram Das, Hardik J. Pandya, “Towards the development of a portable LED-based polarization spectroscopy tool for breast cancer diagnosis”, Journal of Biophotonics, e202100282, 2021, doi.org/10.1002/jbio.202100282.

  11. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2020-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  12. Uttam M. Pal, Mansi Saxena, Anil Vishnu G. K., Darshan Parsana, Sarvani B. S. R., Manoj Varma, Mahesh Jayachandra, Vishnu Kurpad, Deb Baruah, Gayatri Gogoi, Jayant S. Vaidya, and Hardik J. Pandya, “Optical spectroscopy-based imaging techniques for the diagnosis of breast cancer: A novel approach”, Applied Spectroscopy Reviews, 1-28, 2020, doi: 10.1080/05704928.2020.1749651

  13. Uttam M. Pal, Anil Vishnu GK, Saeed Rila, Saahil Shroff, Gokul A M, Deb Baruah, Jayant S. Vaidya, Gayatri Gogoi, and Hardik J. Pandya, "Towards a Portable Platform Integrated with Multispectral Noncontact Probes for Delineating Normal and Breast Cancer Tissue Based on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 879-888, Aug. 2020, doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2020.3005971.

Conference Publications

  1. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2022-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  2. Arif Mohd. Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Manu K.S., Hardik J. Pandya, Towards the development of an intraoperative probe for breast cancer margin assessment, Optica Biophotonics Congress, 2022 (Accepted)

  3. Uttam M. Pal, Prajakta Sabnis, Numerically Mitigating the Challenges of Circularly-Oriented Source-Detector Diffuse Optical Imaging System, Optica Biophotonics Congress, 2022 (Accepted)

  4. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2021-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  5. Uttam M. Pal and Hardik J. Pandya, “Opto-thermo-acoustic studies for cancer diagnosis”, BRICS Workshop on Biophotonics, Russia, 2021. (Accepted)

  6. Uttam M. Pal, Vaibhav Adhikar, Prajakta Sabnis, “Design of Concave-Microstructured Colour Filter Bio-inspired from Papilio Blumei”, Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science, 2021 (Accepted).

  7. Uttam M. Pal, Arif Mohd Kamal, Ashika Nayak, Tejaswi Medisetti, Hardik J. Pandya, “Towards an Opto-Thermo-Acoustic (OTA) based Diagnostic Tool to Delineate Adjacent Normal from Cancerous Tissue for Cancer Margin Assessment”, in European Conferences on Biomedical Optics 2021 (ECBO), OSA Technical Digest, paper ETu4A.4, 2021.

  8. Uttam M. Pal, A. M. Kamal, and Hardik. J. Pandya, "Opto-Acoustic Multimodal System to Delineate Adjacent Normal from Breast Biopsy Cancerous Tissue," 2021 IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Computing and Communication Technologies (CONECCT) 2021, pp. 1-4, 2021.

  9. R. Govindaraj, A. Sarkar, J. Rao, and Uttam Pal, "Comparison of Indoor Air Pollution in a Residence in Bangalore, India: A Weekday-Weekend Analysis," 2021 IEEE Bombay Section Signature Conference (IBSSC), 2021, pp. 1-4.

  10. Arpita Sarkar, Jyotsna Rao J, Ranjitha Govindaraj, Uttam M. Pal, “Determinant Effects of using Toilet Cleaners on Indoor Air Quality”, IEEE CENTCON 2021, 2021 (Accepted).

  11. Uttam M. Pal, Vishnu Kurpad, and Hardik J. Pandya, “A multi-functional portable system for diagnosing breast cancer from ex-vivo biopsy tissues”, The Breast 56, S86, 2021.

  12. Uttam M. Pal and Hardik J. Pandya, “Design and development of Opto-Thermo-Acoustic (OTA) based measurement techniques to aid breast cancer diagnosis”, EECS Research Student Symposium IISc, 2021.

  13. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Prior to 2020-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  14. Uttam M. Pal, Prajakta Sabnis, Christopher Boucher, "Ranging and Obstruction Mapping using Ray Optics Approach to Model LIDAR Technology for Self-Driven Cars", IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC-India), 2019.

  15. Uttam M. Pal, Prajakta Sabnis, Swapnil Badgujar, and Christopher Boucher, “Ray Optics approach to model LIDAR Technology for self-driving cars under different surrounding obstructions and atmospheric conditions”, FISITA 2018, Chennai.

  16. Uttam M. Pal, Suryakant Gupta, N Vaghela, Keena Kalaria, and S Mukherjee, “Modeling and Simulation on Pulsed Power Magnetron”, IEEE-ICOPS 2012, Edinburg, 3P-31, page 101.


  1. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2022-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Invention Title: A multimodal intraoperative probe for breast cancer margin assessment and methods thereof. Inventors: Hardik J Pandya, Arif Mohd. Kamal, Uttam M. Pal, Arjun B. S., and Manu K. S. Indian patent application filing no: 202241012649. Date of Filing: March 15, 2022

  2. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2020-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  3. Invention Title: Non-invasive test kit for rapid detection and screening infectious disease in individuals. Inventors: Hardik J. Pandya, Jagannathan Gopalkrishnan, Anil Vishnu G K, Midhun C. Kachappilly, Sudarshan Jagannathan, Akhil Mohan, Uttam M. Pal. Indian patent application filing no: 202041022006. Date of Filing: May 26, 2020

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