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Mohan Zalake

Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

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1919 W. Taylor St., 206 AHSB

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Dr. Mohan Zalake's research is in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Virtual Reality (VR), and healthcare technologies. He directs the V-ARE Lab (Virtual healthcARe Experiences Laboratory) at UIC where he conducts research on the design and development of virtual experiences that enable effective communication of health information. The virtual experiences developed from his research have been used by more than 4000+ users in real-world settings across different health behavior change contexts, such as improving mental health among college students, supporting suicidal patients, and increasing awareness of colon cancer screening among the elderly population. He frequently collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of domain experts in health, education, communication science, and social psychology. His work has been recognized with the Best Paper Award by the Intelligent Virtual Agents conference in 2019 and an Innovation of the Year from the University of Florida in 2021.

Selected Grants

Chronic Condition Equity Network (C3EN), AI-PROMOTORA (AI - Providing Resources and Outreach to Middle-aged Older adults Through Online and Realistic Agents), Principal Investigator

UIC Applied Health Science College, EQUITY (Enhancing QUality of Instruction using TechnologY), Principal Investigator

Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, National Institute on Aging, B-DONATE (Brain - Donation among Older miNority Adults using virTual Experiences), Principal Investigator

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Service to the Community

He serves on the program committee of the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces. He is a frequent reviewer for several journals and conferences - ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, IEEEVR, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, BioMed Central Medical Education, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems

Leadership in the Profession

IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, Program Committee member

Notable Honors

2021 - Innovation of the year, University of Florida Innovate and Tech Licensing

2019 - Best Paper Award, ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents


Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing (University of Florida, 2022).
Masters in Digital Arts and Sciences (University of Florida, 2017),
Bachelors in Electronics and Communication (PES University, 2015),