Vinod Saranathan

Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College

Email:yncvks@nus.edu.sg
Contact:(65) 6601 5313
Office:Saga RC1-02-03D, Yale NUS College
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Biography:

Dr Vinod Saranathan received his bachelors in Physics with a minor in Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he honed his life-long interest in ornithology. Funded by a Dillon and Mary Ripley Graduate Fellowship, he earned his MS in 2007 and a PhD in 2011 from Yale University, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where he studied structural colour production in birds with Professor Richard Prum. During his dissertation, he established synchrotron Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) as a precise, high-throughput analytical technique for assaying complex 3D biophotonic nanostructures. Subsequently, Dr Saranathan was a Royal Society Newton Fellow at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, where he interrogated the nanostructural basis and consequences of fine structural colour variation within and between local Oxfordshire populations of blue tits. At Oxford, he was elected to an Edward P. Abraham Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College. Recently, Dr Saranathan was a Research Fellow in the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, at the Nanyang Technological University, studying the theoretical photonics of bio-inspired, chiral meta-materials. He is currently an assistant professor of life science at Yale-NUS College.

 
Research Interest:

Dr Vinod Saranathan received his bachelors in Physics with a minor in Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Masters (2007) and a PhD (2011) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. Subsequently, he was a Royal Society Newton Fellow at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. At Oxford, he was elected to an Edward P. Abraham Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College. Recently, Dr Saranathan was a Research Fellow in the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, at the Nanyang Technological University, before joining Yale-NUS College.

Selected Publications:
  • Saranathan, V., A. E. Seago, A. Sandy, S. Narayanan, S. G. J. Mochrie, E. R. Dufresne, H. Cao, C. O. Osuji, and R. O. Prum. 2015. Structural Diversity of Self-Assembled Arthropod Biophotonic Nanostructures Spans Amphiphilic Phase-Space. Nano Letters 15(6): 3735–42 doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b00201
  • McNamara, M. E.∗, V. Saranathan∗, E. Locatelli, H. Noh, D. E. G. Briggs, P. J. Orr and H. Cao. 2014. Cryptic iridescence in a fossil weevil generated by single diamond photonic crystals. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11(100):20140736 ∗Lead Corresponding Authors
  • Saranathan, V., J. D. Forster, H. Noh, S. F. Liew, S. G. J. Mochrie, H. Cao, E. R. Dufresne, and R. O. Prum. 2012. Structure and Optical Function of Amorphous Photonic Nanostructures from Avian Feather Barbs: A Compara- tive Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Analysis of 230 Bird Species. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9(75): 2563–80 doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0191
  • D’Alba, L., V. Saranathan†, J. A. Clarke, J. Vinther, R. O. Prum and M. D. Shawkey†. 2011. Colour producing β-keratin nanofibres in Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) feathers.Biology Letters 7(4): 543–6 doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1163 † indicates equal lead contribution
  • Saranathan, V., C. O. Osuji, S. G. J. Mochrie, H. Noh, S. Narayanan, A. Sandy, E. R. Dufresne, and R. O. Prum. 2010. Structure, Function and Self-Assembly of Single Network Gyroid (I4132) Photonic Crystals In Butterfly Wing Scales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107(26): 11676– 11681
  • Forster, J. D., H. Noh, S. F. Liew, V. Saranathan, C. F. Shreck, L. Yang, J.-G. Park, R. O. Prum, S. G. J. Mochrie, C. S. O’Hern, H. Cao and E. R. Dufresne. 2010. Biomimetic isotropic nanostructures for structural coloration. Advanced Materials 22(26-27):2939–44
  • Noh, H., S. F. Liew, V. Saranathan, S. G. J. Mochrie, R. O. Prum, E. R. Dufresne, and H. Cao. 2010. How non-iridescent colors are generated by quasi- ordered structures of bird feathers. Advanced Materials 22(26-27): 2871–80 doi:10.1002/adma.200903699
  • Dufresne, E. R., H. Noh, V. Saranathan, S. Mochrie, H. Cao and R. O. Prum. 2009. Self-Assembly of Amorphous Biophotonic Nanostructures by Phase Separation. Soft Matter 5: 1792–1795
doi:10.1039/b902775k
  • Vinther, J., D. E. G. Briggs, R. O. Prum and V. Saranathan. 2008. The colour of fossil feathers. Biology Letters 4: 522–525
doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0302
  • For a complete list of publications, see http://tinyurl.com/birdman23