Sanchita Krishna, Ph.D.
Dr. Sanchita Krishna is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and co-founder of SKINfrared LLC. Dr. Krishna has a PhD in Cancer Biology from UNM in 2006. Dr. Krishna has over six years of experience in cancer biology and her doctoral work involved the investigation of the role of various proteins in DNA damage and repair. She has a M.S. in molecular biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, a premier research institution in India. She also has extensive experience with infectious diseases such as malaria and has been involved in animal model experiments. Dr. Krishna is involved with exploring the use of these images for wider commercial applications such as early diagnosis of cancer.
Dr. Sanjay Krishna is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of SKINfrared LLC. He has more than 12 years of experience in the design, growth, fabrication and testing of infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. He is currently a Professor and Regents Lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. Sanjay received his Masters in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1996, MS in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and PhD in Applied Physics in 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He joined the University of New Mexico as a tenure track faculty member in 2001. His present research interests include growth, fabrication and characterization of self-assembled quantum dots and type_II InAs/InGaSb based strain layer superlattices for mid infrared detectors. Dr. Krishna received the Gold Medal from IIT, Madras in 1996. He received the best student paper award at the 16th NAMBE Conference in Banff in 1999, the 2002 Ralph E Powe Junior Faculty Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the 2003 IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award, 2004 Outstanding Researcher Award from the ECE Department, the 2005 School of Engineering Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2007 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Young Investigator Award, 2007 NCMR-DIA Chief Scientist Award for Excellence, 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE and IEEE-Nanotechnology Council, the 2009 Sr. Research Excellence Award from the UNM School of Engineering, 2009 UNM Regents Lectureship and the 2010 UNM Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Krishna has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 conference presentations, four book chapters and has six issued and five pending patents. He is a fellow of the society for photonics, SPIE.
Patti Holden is the Executive Office Manager at SKINfrared, and assists the team to manage projects, and day to day operations, and carries with heart the bigger picture and ultimate goals of the business. She comes from a variety of careers, having worked as technical and customer service rep at Bank of America, Office Assistant at No More Homeless Pets, as well as GM manager at Vons Grocery in California. In her spare time her passion is music, and she takes part in the community by playing alto saxophone in The High Desert Big Band in Rio Rancho, NM.
Yuliya Kuznetsova, Ph.D.
Dr. Yuliya Kuznetsova is an Electrical Engineering Technician at SKINfrared LLC. She received her Masters Degree in Physics from the Kazakh State University in 1986 and her PhD in Optics in 2007 from the University of New Mexico. Her present research interests include possibilities of resolution enhancement using linear optics systems, laser physics, optical properties of materials, microscopy, fiber optics, image processing, problems of refocusing, modeling and simulations, lithography, nanostructures fabrication, nanofluidic, electrophoresis, and fluorescent DNA investigation. Her work in Skinfrared LLC involves characterization of infrared detectors.
Stephen A. Myers, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Myers is Research Scientist I in SKINfrared LLC and completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Tarleton State University (a member of the Texas A&M school system) in May 2007. He was then accepted into the NSF sponsored Nanoscience and Microsystems Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSMS IGERT) Fellowship at the University of New Mexico, where he received a Masters of Science in Electronic and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. In Nanoscience and Microsystems under the supervision of Professor Sanjay Krishna. He is currently employed by SKINfrared LLC, developing infrared detection systems and medical imaging application techniques. His technical expertise includes designing semiconductor detector heterostructures utilizing type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattices, crystal growth with molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), device fabrication for both single pixel and focal plane array infrared detectors, and device characterization. He has authored and co-authored twelve journal articles and has presented work at six conferences. He has served as secretary of the UNM SPIE student chapter for two years, and as UNM SPIE president for two years. In this organization he has co-organized and participated in numerous optics outreach activities, dozens of seminars, and a national student conference.
Dr. Elena Plis is a Research Scientist II in SKINfrared LLC. She received her engineering degree from the Kovrov State Technological Academy, Russia in 2001, MS in electrical engineering in 2005, and PhD in electrical engineering in 2007 from the University of New Mexico. Her present research interests include growth, fabrication, and characterization of type-II InAs/(In,Ga)Sb-strained layer superlattice (SLS) IR detectors for MWIR and LWIR spectral regions. She is also interested in chemistry of GaSb-based materials and possible biomedical applications of infrared detectors, such as early detection of skin cancer. Her work in SKINfrared LLC involves the development of infrared detectors and focal plane arrays using Type II superlattices.
Dr. David A. Ramirez is a Research Scientist I at SKINfared LLC. He received his B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Concepción, Chile, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In 2012, He graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include numerical modeling, optimization, as well as the design and fabrication of infrared photodetectors, with emphasis on avalanche photodiodes and infrared photodetectos. In January 2012, Dr. Ramirez was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center (CNTC) to carry out cancer research. Since then Dr. Ramirez has been collaborating with the multidisciplinary group at SKINfrared LLC that is focused on skin cancer research. At SKINfrared LLC, Dr. Ramirez is involved with the development of Advanced Longwave Infrared-imaging and Analysis System (ALIAS), fabrication of next generation infrared devices and business development.