Manu Prakash is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University where he runs a curiosity driven research group in the field of Physical Biology - with goals to elucidate physical design principles in biology at organismic, cellular and molecular scales. A significant effort is spent in designing and building precision tools to probe and perturb biological machines. This approach brings together experimental and theoretical techniques from soft-condensed matter physics, theory of computation and unconventional fabrication to open problems in biology. He is also an inventor at heart and is currently focusing on technological solutions to problems in global health. Jokingly - he was once heard saying "We work on 19th century problems with 21st century tools".
TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010
Areas of Expertise
Biophysics, Developmental Biology, Physical Biology, microfluidics, Global Health, biodiversity, Fluid Mechanics, invention, scaling laws, Applied Physics