Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics
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MSc., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
A.M., Physics, Harvard Univeristy
Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard Univeristy
Research InterestsMarriage of Biological & Artificial Systems
- Cell and Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
- Biophysics and Self-Assembly
- Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics
- Materials Science
- Surface and Interface Science
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 computational, theoretical and experimental 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 and undergraduate degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard (most recently as a Bauer Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Center for Systems Biology) and has simultaneously served as a technical staff member at Bell Laboratories at Alcatel-Lucent.
Positions and Employment
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Present: Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and of Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Hersen P., McClean M.N., Mahadevan L., Ramanathan, S., (2008) Signal Processing by the HOG MAP kinase pathway. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA May 14, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0710770105
- Hallatschek O., Hersen, P., Ramanathan, S., and Nelson, D. (2007) Genetic drift at expanding frontiers promotes gene segregation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104 (50), 19926-30
- Nachman, I., Regev, A., and Ramanathan, S. (2007) Dissecting Timing Variability in Yeast Meiosis. Cell 131, 544-556.
- Ramanathan, S., and Broach, J. (2007). Do cells think? Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 64, 1801-4 .
- McClean, M. N., Mody, A., Broach, J., and Ramanathan, S. (2007). Decision Making in MAP Kinase pathways. Nat. Genet. 39, 409-414.
- Detwiler PB., Ramanathan, S., Sengupta, A., Shraiman BI. (2000). Engineering Aspects of Enzymatic Signal Transduction: Photoreceptors in the Retina. Biophys J, December 2000, p. 2801-2817, Vol. 79, No. 6.