Woods Lecture Series: Rhiju Das
Biomolecule Design Rules From an Internet-Scale Videogame with Experiments
Rhiju Das strives to make the computer modeling of life as agile and engaging as the design of software. His lab at Stanford focuses on medically relevant RNA molecules, developing computational and high-throughput chemical tools for the rapid modeling and design of these molecules.
Das trained in particle physics and cosmology at Harvard and Cambridge before switching to molecular biophysics during his doctorate at Stanford and postdoctoral work at the University of Washington. He is currently an associate professor in the departments of Biochemistry and Physics at Stanford University.
He leads the Eterna massive open laboratory, which couples a 100,000-player videogame to the lab’s massively parallel experimental tools and deep learning, the first such platform in citizen science. He mentors students from the biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical informatics, and learning sciences Ph.D. programs.