Saad M. Bhamla, PhD

Primary Institution:
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor
Current SEPA Project

Saad Bhamla studies biomechanics across species to engineer knowledge and tools that inspire curiosity. Saad Bhamla is an assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. A self-proclaimed “tinkerer,” his lab is a trove of discoveries and inventions that span biology, physics and engineering. His current projects include studying the hydrodynamics of insect urine, worm blob locomotion and ultra-low-cost devices for global health. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, CNN, Wired, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and more. Saad is a prolific inventor and his most notable inventions includes a 20-cent paper centrifuge, a 23-cent electroporator, and the 96-cent hearing aid. Saad’s work is recognised by numerous awards including a NIH R35 Outstanding Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, and INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award. Saad is also a National Geographic Explorer and a TED speaker. Newsweek recognized Saad as 1 of 10 Innovators disrupting healthcare.