I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I received my PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in July 2015. My research, which combines the interdisciplinary fields of engineering, physics and biology, aims to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and synthetic biology to create a new paradigm for computational electronics as well as to invent disruptive technologies for neuroscience.
My doctoral research addresses one of the burning issues that plagues the Electronics Industry and threatens the environment: the exponential increase in power dissipation with technology scaling. I achieved a significant milestone with the first experimental demonstration of a 2D transistor to beat the fundamental limitation in turn-on characteristics of state-of-the-art devices, thus, cracking the long-standing issue of simultaneous dimensional and power supply scalability. My work also, showed for the first time, that such transistors, can revolutionize a completely diverse field of bio/gas-sensor technology by providing ultra-high sensitivity, and an attractive pathway for single molecular detectability- the holy grail for all biosensing research.
My present research at MIT, focuses on understanding the brain which when decoded, can not only open up new avenues for treatment of neuronal disorders but can also transform the way electronic computations are performed today. My ultimate aim is to augment the brain with nano-bio hybrid prosthetics to create smarter and healthier minds.