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Shamit Shrivastava

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Experimental Physicist

I always wanted to be a physicist but growing up in a middle income family in India means that job prospects take first priority, so I did the balancing act of studying Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in the picturesque north-eastern city of Guwahati. There I pursued my research interests independently and took special interest in thermodynamics and nanotechnology. These interests led me to a research internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and I fell in love with the city of Boston. It was here that I also realised the important role engineers can play in medical technology. Therefore, after my undergrad, I enrolled for the MS-PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where I met Prof. Matthias Schneider. I was immediately hooked into his ambitious and inspiring ideas, which involved applying classical thermodynamics and acoustics to fundamental questions in biology. After completing my PhD, I joined the BUBBL group at the University of Oxford as a researcher in June 2015 where I developed methods for enhancing drug delivery using sound waves. I am currently working at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, where I will be developing new diagnostic devices based on the interaction of light and sound.       

Wednesday 24th Apr 2019, 09.00am

What do nerves sound like?

Our nerves don’t stop talking. They’re 24-7 communication systems for our bodies. But does all this cellular chitta-chatta actually make a noise?

For 100’s of years, scientists have been trying to figure out how exactly our nervous system relays messages. Part of the secret may lie in a sound wave! On this episode of the Big Questions podcast we are asking: What do nerves sound like?...

: What do nerves sound like?