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I grew up in Orange County, and went to college at UCLA, where I worked with Jacob Schmidt in Bioengineering. After that, I spent a year (2008-2009) doing research with Hagan Bayley in Oxford. More recently, I’ve just completed my first year as a PhD student in Bioengineering at Stanford. After finishing the PhD, I plan to work in a small biotechnology company. At some point in my career I also want to work in a teaching capacity, perhaps at a liberal arts college or community college.  
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I grew up in Orange County, and went to college at UCLA, where I worked with Jacob Schmidt on a single-molecule DNA sequencing technology. After that, I spent a year doing research with Hagan Bayley in Oxford on nanopore sensing technologies. Right now I'm in my third year as a PhD student in Bioengineering at Stanford. My career interests are in biotechnology, education, and technology policy.
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Outside of work, I enjoy landscape/architecture photography and music. Last year I played the violin in the pit orchestra for one of Stanford’s theatrical production societies, as well as a more conventional symphony orchestra. I also very much enjoy traveling, and try to see new places whenever I can.
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Outside of work, I’m a violinist (especially chamber music) and a budding amateur photographer (especially landscape and architecture photography). Mountains – whether hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter – are my favorite places to go. I love traveling, and I’m always looking for travel companions.
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Download a copy of my [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1188473/Kunal%20Mehta%20CV.pdf CV] (Updated in March 2011).
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Download a copy of my [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1188473/Kunal%20Mehta%20CV.pdf CV] (Updated in March 2013) or visit my blog, [http://canaveral.stanford.edu/~Kunal/blog Channel Nine].
==Contact Info==
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==Research interests==
==Research interests==
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My general interest is in engineering biological systems to replace industrial processes to produce fuels, chemicals, and building materials. My current research is to engineer a photosynthetic organism to produce hydrogen from sunlight and water. I’m also interested in DNA sequencing and synthesis, foundational synthetic biology, and computational systems biology: the combination of software and “wetware”.
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My general interest is in employing biological structures and processes in engineered systems to enable the production of industrial chemicals by environmentally sustainable methods. My current project involves developing and characterizing a system of proteins that could be used to produce molecular hydrogen in cyanobacteria, in the [[Swartz lab]] at Stanford. I’m also interested in physics and engineering applications related to membrane proteins, and single-molecule DNA sequencing technologies.
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==Publications==
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// This paper describes the first device ever constructed by a fusion of a protein and inorganic nanopore. By supporting a protein nanopore with an inorganic substrate instead of a lipid membrane, we can exploit the precision and mutability of proteins without the fragility of lipid membranes.
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// This paper contains some of the most sensitive electrical measurements ever made on DNA in a nanopore. With more precise measurements, we've definitively confirmed what others have suggested, that α-Hemolysin can tell the difference between the DNA nucleotides.
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*[http://schmidtlab.seas.ucla.edu/ Jacob Schmidt lab]
*[http://schmidtlab.seas.ucla.edu/ Jacob Schmidt lab]
*[http://bayley.chem.ox.ac.uk Hagan Bayley lab]
*[http://bayley.chem.ox.ac.uk Hagan Bayley lab]
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*[http://www.stanford.edu/group/swartzlab James Swartz lab]
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*[http://swartz.openwetware.org James Swartz lab]
*[http://stanford.academia.edu/KunalMehta Academia.edu]
*[http://stanford.academia.edu/KunalMehta Academia.edu]
====Fun stuff====
====Fun stuff====
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*[http://canaveral.stanford.edu/~Kunal/blog Channel Nine], my blog
*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkmehta My Flickr photostream]
*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkmehta My Flickr photostream]
*[http://kkmehta.web.stanford.edu My homepage at Stanford]
*[http://kkmehta.web.stanford.edu My homepage at Stanford]

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Kunal K Mehta (કુનાલ કારતિક મહેતા)

I grew up in Orange County, and went to college at UCLA, where I worked with Jacob Schmidt on a single-molecule DNA sequencing technology. After that, I spent a year doing research with Hagan Bayley in Oxford on nanopore sensing technologies. Right now I'm in my third year as a PhD student in Bioengineering at Stanford. My career interests are in biotechnology, education, and technology policy.

Outside of work, I’m a violinist (especially chamber music) and a budding amateur photographer (especially landscape and architecture photography). Mountains – whether hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter – are my favorite places to go. I love traveling, and I’m always looking for travel companions.

Download a copy of my CV (Updated in March 2013) or visit my blog, Channel Nine.

Contact Info

Physical address:
Stanford University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Keck 155
Stanford, CA 94305

kkmehta {at} stanford

949.636.4345

Education

  • 2010, MSc, University of Oxford
  • 2008, BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Research interests

My general interest is in engineering biological systems to replace industrial processes to produce fuels, chemicals, and building materials. My current research is to engineer a photosynthetic organism to produce hydrogen from sunlight and water. I’m also interested in DNA sequencing and synthesis, foundational synthetic biology, and computational systems biology: the combination of software and “wetware”.

Publications

  1. Hall AR, Scott A, Rotem D, Mehta KK, Bayley H, and Dekker C. . pmid:21113160. PubMed HubMed [paper2]
    This paper describes the first device ever constructed by a fusion of a protein and inorganic nanopore. By supporting a protein nanopore with an inorganic substrate instead of a lipid membrane, we can exploit the precision and mutability of proteins without the fragility of lipid membranes.

  2. Purnell RF, Mehta KK, and Schmidt JJ. . pmid:18698831. PubMed HubMed [paper1]
    This paper contains some of the most sensitive electrical measurements ever made on DNA in a nanopore. With more precise measurements, we've definitively confirmed what others have suggested, that α-Hemolysin can tell the difference between the DNA nucleotides.

All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

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