Saad Bhamla is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he runs a curiosity-driven lab that explores research questions in organismic biophysics, soft matter and frugal science. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Saad was a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering at Stanford University (with Manu Prakash), where he also completed his PhD  in Chemical Engineering (with Gerry Fuller). 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 an NSF CAREER, Innovation in MedTech Award, and INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award. Saad is also a National Geographic Explorer. Outside of the lab, Saad loves to go hiking with his partner and two dogs (Ollie and Bella). 

Brief CV

2017, PostDoc, BioEngg, Stanford University (w/Manu Prakash)

2015, PhD, Chemical Engg, Stanford University (w/Gerry Fuller)

2010, B.Tech, Chemical Engg, IIT Madras

Notable Awards


2019 National Geographic Explorer

2018 Beazley Design Award

2017 Medgadgets Best Medical Technology

2017 INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award

2016 Innovation in MedTech Award, AIF and Stanford

2016 Stanford Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016 Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford Univ

2015 Milton van Dyke Award, APS DFD

2014 Accel Innovation Scholar

Notable Publications:

1. Byagathvalli et al., An ultra-low-cost electroporatord, PLOS Biology (2020)

2. Mathijssen et al., Collective intercellular communication through ultrafast hydrodynamic trigger waves, Nature (2019)

3. Ilton et al., Principles of cascading power limits in small, fast, biological and engineered systems, Science (2018)

4. Bhamla et al., Hand-powered ultra-low cost paper centrifuge, Nature Biomedical Engineering (2017)

Current Funding Sources:

1. National Science Foundation

2. National Geographic Foundation

3. Capita Foundation

4. Open Philanthropy Project

5. Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Georgia Tech

6. Mindlin Foundation