Venkatesh Gopal

Venkatesh Gopal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics and Chair
Department of Physics

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Dr. Gopal has extensive experience—including postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northwestern University—in classical and quantum optics, quantum information processing, and neuroscience. His current research interests lie in understanding how biological systems process sensory information, with an emphasis on how possibly “optimal” movement strategies emerge to gather information efficiently. At Elmhurst, he is establishing a laboratory for the study of Biological Information Transduction and Sensing (BITS). An initial focus of this lab will be to use optical imaging to understand how some mammals and insects track odor plumes.

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