Congratulations to Roopam Gupta for completing his PhD without any corrections from the School of Medicine and the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews. His PhD thesis investigated the applications of machine learning in biophotonics and laser metrology. Roopam, who is originally from India, became interested in science at an early age. He completed an integrated B.S. – M.S. at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal from the department of Physical Sciences. After a varied scientific grounding in the first couple of years of his undergraduate, Roopam specialised in physics. During his studies, Roopam got the opportunity to spend some time in the US and the Netherlands, working on scientific research projects.
Roopam discovered that his passion lay in research and was immediately interested in applying for a PhD program. Roopam was introduced to Prof. Kishan Dholakia, Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St. Andrews, in India, at an event connected with the International Society of Optics and Photonics, which Roopam had become closely involved. Roopam was extremely interested in the research that Prof. Dholakia was undertaking and was encouraged to apply for a PhD position. Although receiving a number of offers for PhD programs, Roopam’s encounter with Prof. Dholakia meant that the University of St Andrews was his number one choice.
Roopam described his experience at the University very positively. Throughout his studies, he continued his involvement with the International Society of Optics and Photonics (such as SPIE or OSA) and was the Vice President for the SPIE student community. He made fantastic connections with researchers within the field. In particular, Roopam said that he received fantastic support from both of his supervisors – Dr. Simon Powis and Prof. Kishan Dholakia, with his experiments, improving his academic writing and getting his work published. “Everyone was very encouraging”, he added. Due to the pandemic, Roopam is currently in India taking care of his family but is eager to continue his career in research and is excited to see what the future brings. No doubt the sky is the limit for Roopam, and the faculty at the School of Medicine would like to wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.