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Sharad Ramanathan, Ph.D.

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Sharad Ramanathan’s research is directed towards answering two questions. How do cells and organisms process signals from their environment to make decisions? How do the underlying circuits make this possible?

To answer these questions he uses a combination of  experimental, computational and theoretical tools. Ramanathan’s experimental work has focuses on different organisms to uncover general principles that underlie decision making.

Ramanathan received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was a member of technical staff in the Theoretical Physics Department at Bell Laboratories before moving back to Harvard. He is currently also a member of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and of the Applied Physics Division in the John A Paulson School of Engineering.


  • MCB198

    Mathematical Techniques for Modern Biology

  • MCB111

    Mathematics in Biology

  • Applied Physics 286

    Inference, Information Theory, Learning and Statistical Mechanics

  • Applied Math 215

    Fundamentals of Biological Signal Processing

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