My research investigates biological systems that function under physically extreme conditions like short timescales, confinement to nanoscale regions of space, and high pressures. A significant portion of my research group’s efforts goes into the development of new experimental methods that allow observation of biomolecules, cells, and small organisms under these extreme conditions. These experiments are complemented with theoretical models to improve the understanding of the physical principles with which biological systems accomplish their function. Quite often, probing of biological systems under extreme conditions leads to observations of interesting phenomena that can potentially help address medical, environmental, and energy-related problems in novel ways. Our group pursue these opportunities by demonstrating proof of concept devices or technologies.

Awards and Achievements

  • Young Scientist Award from the World Economic Forum
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award
  • ONR Young Investigator Award
  • DOE Early Career Research Program Award