I am an assistant professor at MIT and AT&T Career Development Chair Professor at MIT Media Lab. I head the Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research group which carries out trans-disciplinary research fusing engineering, applied physics, and biology, aiming to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and synthetic biology to develop disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and create new paradigms for human-machine symbiosis.
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.