Rohit Bhargava received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 2000 and his undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 1996. He is a professor in the Illinois Department of Bioengineering and is a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
His group's central research theme is the development of novel chemical imaging technology and structures that can be employed to detect, diagnose, and understand tissue structure and cancer pathology. These biological sensors may be optical (spectroscopic imaging), material (probes), or computational and physical models. Another major theme is the development of novel instrumentation approaches to fast, high-fidelity infrared spectroscopic imaging and development of novel algorithms for information extraction from large imaging data sets.