Deblina Sarkar

Deblina Sarkar |Clyto Access

Nanoelectronics Research Lab, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Organizing Committee Member

Expertise: Nanoelectronics


Deblina Sarkar is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at MIT. Her research aims to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and synthetic biology to create a new paradigm for computational electronics and invent disruptive technologies for neuroscience.

She invented the world’s thinnest channel sub-thermal transistor which overcomes the fundamental limitations in turn-ON characteristics of present technology and leads to record power-reduction. Her research also showed for the first time that quantum mechanical transistors can lead to electrical biosensors with ultra-high sensitivity and single-molecular detectability. Recently, she has developed a technology for unprecedented expansion of brain tissue in order to map the biomolecular building blocks of the brain. She is the lead author of publications in several eminent journals such as Nature, Nano Lett., ACS Nano, TED etc as well as prestigious conferences such as IEDM, DRC, IITC and has authored/coauthored about 40 papers till date. Several of her works have appeared in popular press and research highlights of Nature and Nature Nanotechnology.

Her doctoral research was accorded the Lancaster Award for the best PhD Dissertation in the field of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering at UCSB. Her dissertation was also honored as one of the top 3 dissertations throughout USA and Canada in the above fields by the Council of Graduate Schools. She is the recipient of numerous other awards and recognitions, including the U.S. Presidential Fellowship (2008), Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Fellowship (2008), being one of three researchers worldwide to win the prestigious IEEE EDS PhD Fellowship Award (2011), a “Bright Mind” invited speaker at the KAUST-NSF conference (2015), one of three winners of the Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator’s competition at San Diego (2015), recipient of “Materials Research Society’s Graduate Student Award” (2015) and has been named a “Rising Star” in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2015).


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