2024 Judith H. Greenberg Early Career Investigator Lecture

Fast and Frugal: Cells That Move Without ATP and Life-Saving Tools That Cost Pennies​

​​A portrait shot of Saad Bhamla Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech.

Saad Bhamla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
​Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Lecture followed by Q&A session

Natcher Building 45, Balcony A and Zoom
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
*NIH students and trainees working at the main NIH​
campus ​are encouraged to attend in-person

Start Date:
10/7/24 Time: 1:00 PM ET
End Date:
10/7/24​ Time: 2:00 PM ET

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Saad Bhamla is an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His interdisciplinary research in the physics of living systems uncovers the principles underlying ultrafast movements in biology and informs the design of bioinspired robotics. He’s at the forefront of the emerging field of frugal science to develop affordable and accessible tools for global health.

Dr. Bhamla directs notable projects like the Frugal Science Academy and the Jungle Biomechanics Laboratory in the Amazon Rainforest. These endeavors aim to democratize access to science through diverse training opportunities that empower students and teachers to engage in synthetic biology. Dedicated to making science accessible and enjoyable for everyone, he also creates multilingual comics about his research.

He completed his doctoral and postdoctoral research at Stanford University and is now supported by the NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award and the Science Education Partnership Award programs through grants R35GM142588 and R25GM142044, respectively.

For more on Dr. Bhamla, check out this interview with him on our Biomedical Beat blog.


Floyd C, Molines AT, Lei X, Honts, JE, Chang F, Elting MW, Vaikuntanathan S, Dinner AR, Bhamla MS. A unified model for the dynamics of ATP-independent ultrafast contraction. PNAS. (2023) doi: 10.1073/pnas.2217737120.

Patil VP, Tuazon H, Kaufman E, Chakrabortty T, Qin D, Dunkel J, Bhamla MS. Ultrafast reversible self-assembly of living tangled matter. Science. (2023) doi: 10.1126/science.ade7759.