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Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Associate Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering & Medicine
Affiliate
Woods Institute for the Environment
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Applied Physics, 2008
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Applied Physics, 2004
BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, 2002

About

Prakash is an associate professor of bioengineering in the School of Engineering & Medicine. He uses an interdisciplinary approach including theory and experiments to understand how computation is embodied in biological matter. Examples include cognition in single cell protists and morphological computing in animals with no neurons and origins of complex behavior in multi-cellular systems. Broadly, he invents new tools for studying non-model organisms with significant focus on life in the ocean - addressing fundamental questions such as how do cells sense pressure or gravity? Finally, he is dedicated towards inventing and distributing “frugal science” tools to democratize access to science (previous inventions used worldwide: Foldscope, Abuzz), diagnostics of deadly diseases like malaria and convening global citizen science communities to tackle planetary scale environmental challenges such as mosquito surveillance or plankton surveillance by citizen sailors mapping the ocean in the age of anthropocene.