Abhishek is currently working on developing novel approaches for applying microfluidic actuators to medical devices.
Prior to joining PARC, Abhishek was a researcher at Blue Highway, the advanced R&D arm of Welch Allyn and Syracuse University. He was responsible for vetting physics and biophysics R&D concepts -- from technical feasibility and patent landscape to market size and funding dissemination. While there, Abhishek successfully secured Department of Defense funding; built a portable prototype for a blood coagulation analysis device to monitor coagulopathy; and led the hardware-software integration effort for a next-generation Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) otoscope for detecting pediatric middle-ear infection. He successfully transferred this technology to Welch Allyn.
Dr. Ramkumar earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University, where he focused on developing MEMS-based smart ultrasonic surgical devices for biomedical applications such as cardiac action-potential measurement and testicular sperm extraction for in-vitro fertilization. He received his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, where he designed and developed a novel low-cost, high-sensitivity capacitive biosensor for detecting biomolecules in blood to diagnose heart attacks.