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2020 Fellow

Deepak Krishnamurthy

PhD Institution
Stanford University

Deepak’s science focuses on the physics of biology. During his PhD he made a discovery about the swimming mechanics of the human schistosomiasis parasite that provides new insights into how it infects us. He also invented a new 3D tracking microscope that allows researchers to follow the movements of microscale ocean plankton over relatively vast vertical distances. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Deepak aims to combine molecular and computational science to reveal how genetic and biochemical mechanisms in tiny, single-cell ocean organisms permit them to sense gravity and affect their behaviors. This work will help us to understand better the impact of our changing oceans on every scale of marine life.