Dr. Aarat Kalra is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical  Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Here, he leads the Bioelectronics Research Group, aiming to understand the electrical basis of life using techniques from materials science, electronics, and medicine. Dr. Kalra's present interests lie in understanding the mechanism of action of electric field-based cancer treatment therapies and in understanding how electronic properties of proteins can be used in solar cells and OLED (organic light emitting diodes). The lab's work impacts both medicine, empowering for the emergence of "electroceuticals" to treat disease, and nanotechnology, advancing protein-based electronic devices.

Dr. Kalra completed his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. (Hons.) with distinction from Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Agra, India) in chemistry, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from McGill University in biology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with Prof. Jack Tuszynski at the University of Alberta in physics. Thereafter, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University with Prof. Gregory Scholes, publishing transformative work on microtubule electronics.

Dr. Kalra's research work has been recognized through several awards and funding. In 2020, Dr. Kalra was awarded the prestigious Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. In 2021, he was awarded the Young Systems Scientist Award by the Systems Society of India. In February 2022, he gave an invited talk at Google on ‘Is Our Brain a Quantum Computer?’. Dr. Kalra’s work on microtubules has also been featured in the magazine The New Scientist. 

See his lab website at www.kalralab.org for open positions and the latest research.

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