News and Events

  • Joining MIT as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and launching a trans-disciplinary research lab, fusing applied physics, nanoelectronics and biology. Email me ( deblina[at]mit.edu) if interested in joining my group as a grad student/postdoc using THIS FORMATEmails without this format may not be read. Though the official deadline of Dec 1st for applying to Media Lab for graduate student position has passed, I am allowing an extended deadline of Dec 15th.


  • Invited Talks at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, USC, U. Pennsylvania, John Hopkins, Pennstate, U. Michigan Ann Arbor, Gatech, and Boston U, "Green Electronics to Gray Matter: Ghost Walks, Mind Blowing and Brain Doping", Jan - April 2018
  • Named to Technology Review's list of India's Top 10 Innovators Under Age 35                                                                              Image result for TEDx


  • Won the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Image result for TEDx                        
  • Named MIT Translational Fellow: aiming to translate academic discoveries into clinical devices, 2017                                        Image result for MIT translational fellowship
  • My TEDx talk "Could We Soon Augment Our Brains?" now online, Jan. 2017                                        Image result for TEDx


  • My dissertation honored as one of the top 3 dissertations throughout USA and Canada in the field of Mathematics, Physical sciences and Engineering (all departments) by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), in the period 2014-2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Image result for council of graduate schoolsImage result for council of graduate schools
  • Invited talk at Imaging Cafe at MIT Media Lab "Giving a Piece of Mind to Electronics and Vice versa!", Nov. 2016.                 


  • Received the Lancaster Award for the best PhD Dissertation in the field of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering (all departments) at UCSB in the period 2014-2016   


  • One of the 4 young scientists worldwide, selected to present a master class on physics in structural biology and medical diagnostics at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, June 2016


  • Invited talk at Princeton University : "Where Green Electronics meet Gray Matter" April 2016
  • Received "Materials Research Society's Graduate Student Award 2015", Dec. 2015                      Image result for mrs material research society
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science by MIT, Nov. 2015             
  • I invented an unconventional quantum-mechanical transistor which is published in Nature, Oct. 2015                                                             

  • One of the 3 winners of Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator Award at UC San DiegoJune 2015    Image result for FALLING WALLS LAB
  • One of the 4 young researchers from USA honored as "Bright Mind" and  invited to speak at the KAUST-NSF Conference, Feb. 2015
  • My work on 2D material based versatile biosensor appeared in popular press including R&D Magazine, Phys Org etc.
  • Received Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB, 2014
  • Nature Nanotechnology highlighted my research introducing a new paradigm for biosensing, 2012         Image result for nature nanotechnology
  • As the only researcher from the Americas and one of the 3 students worldwide, received the prestigious 2011 IEEE Electron Devices Society’s PhD Fellowship Award, 2011                                                                                                                 Image result for EDS electron devices society


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About me

I am a MIT Translational Fellow and NIH K99 postdoctoral fellow and work in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I completed my B.Tech in electronics engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhanbad. 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.  


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