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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? His lab currently addresses these questions in the context of human development to understand how pluripotent stem cells undergo morphogenesis to give rise to the complex tissues in the human embryo. The lab develops and uses a combination of techniques from stem cell and molecular biology, genomics, bioengineering and computational biology.

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

  • Applied Physics 286 / Physics 286

    Inference, Information Theory, Learning and Statistical Mechanics

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