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2022 Fellow

Natsumi Komatsu

PhD Institution
Rice University
Postdoctoral institution and lab

Quantum Biology Tech Lab, UCLA

Natsumi spent her PhD investigating carbon nanotubes, a nanomaterial with significant potential to revolutionize a number of applications and industries.

As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Natsumi will pivot from materials science to quantum biology, working with Prof. Clarice Aiello at UCLA. During her Placement, Natsumi aims to understand how nature utilizes quantum physics at the nanoscale. Natsumi plans to study how certain proteins utilize spin dynamics to sense weak magnetic fields. Understanding how nature preserves quantum effects in wet, warm, and noisy environments has the potential to revolutionize the performance of quantum technologies such as quantum sensors.

Natsumi hopes to implement quantum technologies in brain imaging to significantly improve our ability to monitor neurotransmitters and underpin our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Natsumi is passionate about addressing gender inequality in STEM and hopes to implement systematic changes to increase the number of women and gender minorities in STEM.