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Bio – Sarpeshkar

Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rahul Sarpeshkar obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics at MIT. After completing his PhD at CalTech, he joined Bell Labs as a member of the technical staff in its physics department. He is currently on the faculty of MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems ( He holds over 30 patents and has authored more than 125 publications, including one that was featured on the cover of Nature. His book, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems was released in February 2010. It pioneered a unique ‘cytomorphic’ approach for advancing systems and synthetic biology through the universal language of analog circuits. It also contains a broad and deep treatment of the fields of analog, biomedical, ultra-low-power, and bio-inspired design with applications in implantable and non-invasive medical devices for the deaf, blind, and paralyzed, and cardiac disorders. He has won several awards for his interdisciplinary bioengineering research including the Packard Fellow award, the CAREER award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the Indus Technovator award. He was a recent speaker at the 2011 ‘Frontiers of Engineering’ conference hosted by the National Academy of Engineering. His recent work on a glucose fuel cell for medical implants was featured by BBC Radio, the Economist, and Science News, and highlighted by Scientific American as among 2012’s ten world changing ideas.