Kamal Dhakal, PhD
Kamal R Dhakal, Ph.D. is the Scientific Officer of Kanna Academy and currently working as an R&D scientist at AbbVie, the third-largest pharmaceutical company in the world. Dr. Dhakal was born at Syangja in Himalayan kingdom Nepal and did his B.Sc from P.N Campus Pokhara and M.Sc in Physics from Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, in 2007. He taught Physics/Biomedical Physics at St. Xavier’s College and Central Department of Environment Science in Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal from 2007-2010. He came to the United States in 2010 to pursue Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas USA where he studied biomedical imaging and Neuroscience both in in-vivo and in-vitro. During his Ph.D., he developed a novel method of brain stimulation called fiber-optics two-photon optogenetics. After graduating from UT Arlington in 2015, he joined as a postdoc at Kansas City University, Kansas City, Missouri where he studied mitochondrial dysfunction during ALS disease progression in mice model. In 2017, Dr. Dhakal joined at Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, NY where he studied Vision Science and Psychophysics in non-human primates. Dr. Dhakal’s research interests are Retinal imaging, Visual Neuroscience, and Biomedical Optics. At AbbVie, he works for preclinical drug development and endpoints evaluation. Dr. Dhakal is also an expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, tools he uses for retinal image analysis and drug optimization. He has played a significant role in visual neuroscience, biomedical imaging, and ultrafast-laser based gene delivery techniques.
He has published more than 25 research articles in peer-reviewed journals including Nature Communications and a book chapter. He has spoken at dozens of reputable international conferences and had given many invited talks about the human visual system, color vision, and neuroscience. Dr Dhakal currently serving editorial member of several journals including Translational Vision Science and Technology and Scientific Reports. Apart from science, he is deeply interested in spiritualism and philosophy especially Mahayana Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Taoism, and Advaita Vedanta.