Kalva, S.K.

Dr. Sandeep Kumar Kalva
Assistant Professor

Phone: +(91-22) 2576 xxxx
E-mail: sandeep.kalva [at] iitb.ac.in
Location: MTech Lab, BSBE Building
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Research Interest

  • Biomedical imaging and instrumentation
  • Developing optoacoustic/photoacoustic imaging systems for breast cancer screening, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
  • Developing exogenous contrast agents
  • Image reconstruction techniques
  • Deep learning/machine learning

Academic Background

  • 2019: Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2015: M.Tech (Biomedical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India
  • 2013: B.Tech (Electronics and Communications Engineering), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor (May, 2024 – present): BSBE, IIT Bombay
  • Post-doctoral fellow (Nov,2019 – Apr,2024): Functional and Molecular Imaging group, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland


  • Young Faculty Award, IIT Bombay, 2024
  • Silver Award for PhD Thesis, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU Singapore, 2019
  • University Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants at NTU Singapore, 2016
  • NTU-Research scholarship (2015-2019)
  • Research Excellence Award, IIT Hyderabad, 2015
  • Academic Excellence Award, IIT Hyderabad, 2014
  • MHRD scholarship (2013-2015)


Authors contributed equally, * Corresponding author

  • X. Liu†, S. K. Kalva†*, B. Lafci, D. Nozdriukhin, X. L. Deán-Ben, D. Razanky*, “Full-view LED-based optoacoustic tomography”, Photoacoustics 31, 100521 (2023).
  • S. K. Kalva, X. L. Deán-Ben, M. Reiss, D. Razansky*, “Spiral volumetric optoacoustic tomography for imaging whole-body biodynamics in small animals”, Nature Protocols1-19 (2023).
  • S. K. Kalva, X. L. Deán-Ben, M. Reiss, D. Razansky*, “Head-to-tail imaging of mice with spiral volumetric optoacoustic tomography”, Photoacoustics30100480 (2023).
  • S. K. Kalva, A. S. Iglesias, X. L. Dean-Ben, L. M. L. Marzan, and D. Razansky*, “Rapid Volumetric Optoacoustic Tracking of Nanoparticle Kinetics Across Murine Organs,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 14(1), 172-178 (2022).
  • S. K. Kalva, X. L. Dean-Ben, D. Razansky*, “Single-Sweep Volumetric Optoacoustic Tomography of Whole Mice,” Photonics Research 9(6), 899-908 (2021).
  • S. K. Kalva, P. K. Upputuri, and M. Pramanik*, “High-Speed, Low-Cost, Pulsed-Laser-Diode-Based Second-Generation Desktop Photoacoustic Tomography System,” Optics Letters 44(1), 81-84 (2019).
  • S. K. Kalva, Z. Z. Hui, and M. Pramanik*, “Calibrating Reconstruction Radius in a Multi Single-Element Ultrasound-Transducer-Based Photoacoustic Computed Tomography System,” Journal of the Optical Society of America A 35(5), 764-771 (2018).
  • S. K. Kalva, and M. Pramanik*, “Use of Acoustic Reflector to Make Compact Photoacoustic Tomography System,” Journal of Biomedical Optics 22(2), 026009 (2017).
  • S. K. Kalva, and M. Pramanik*, “Experimental Validation of Tangential Resolution Improvement in Photoacoustic Tomography Using a Modified Delay-And-Sum Reconstruction Algorithm,” Journal of Biomedical Optics 21(8), 086011 (2016).