Monica Agarwal


Monica Agarwal is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from January 2015. She did her bachelors B.Tech in Biotechnology from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, AP, India in 2007 and Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from NYU school of Engineering, NY, USA in 2014.  She currently serves as a member of Graduate Committee in Biomedical Engineering Department and organizes Graduate Symposium annually. She is a reviewer for Optics society of America, Optics express, Applied Optics, Photonics Journal, Nanophotonics, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, IEEE-photonics. She serves as a Capstone advisor and also curriculum advisor to BME students.  

Education & Training

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, New York University, 2014

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, New York University, 2009

B.Tech in Biotechnology, Koneru Lakshmaiah University (Andhra Pradesh, India), 2007 


Current Courses

BMED 4010 Biomedical Engineering lab

BMED 4961 Biomedical Instrumentation

BMED 2050 Programming for BME

Past teachings:

BMED 2100 Biomaterials

ENGR 1600 Material Science for Engineers

Advising & Mentoring

BME student advisor



  • M. Agarwal and I. Teraoka “Whispering gallery mode dip sensor for aqueous sensing”, Analytical Chemistry 87(20), 10600-10604, 2015.
  • M. Agarwal and I. Teraoka “All-photonic, dynamic control of optical path length in a silica sphere resonator”, Optics Letters 38(15), 2640-2643, 2013.
  • M. Agarwal and I. Teraoka “Mode latching and self-tuning of whispering gallery modes in a stand-alone silica microsphere”, Applied Physics Letters 101 (25), 251105, 2012
  • H. N. Luo, H. Kim, M. Agarwal and I. Teraoka “Light turn-on transient of a whispering gallery mode resonance spectrum in different gas atmospheres” Applied Optics, 52(12), 2834-2840, 2013.


  • M. Agarwal, I. Teraoka Methods using and Intense control light at first wavelength to cause a Whispering gallery mode resonator to self-tune at a second wavelength, and an apparatus employing such methods, such as optical pass/stop band filters and optical de-multiplexers. Issued May 3rd, 2016.
  • M. Agarwal, N. H. Luo, I. Teraoka Pre-assembled whispering gallery mode sensors, for use as dip sensors or vapor sensors, for example, and methods for making such sensors. Issued Oct 31st, 2017.


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