Umapathy’s Laser Spectroscopy Group is a part of the department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (IPC) and Instrumentation and Applied Physics (IAP), IISc. The group aims to understand the structure and dynamics of molecules as well as structural uniqueness of molecular entities in complex biological systems like bacteria, cells and tissues using vibrational spectroscopic techniques – Raman and Infra-red. Research activities include study of ultrafast kinetics, applications of Lab-On-a-Chip using Raman spectroscopy, study of biological systems combined with photonics, terahertz Raman spectroscopy, photochemistry of hetero aromatic carbonyls, universal multiple angle spectroscopy and its applications.
S. Umapthy currently serves as an associate faculty member with the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, IISc. He is also the Chairman of the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, IISc and an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.