Deblina Sarkar completed her PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UCSB. Her doctoral research focused on theoretical modeling and experimental demonstration of energy-efficient and scalable electronic devices as well as ultra-sensitive label-free biosensors. While a postdoctoral researcher in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at MIT, she developed new technologies for mapping brain structure and function. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a U.S. Presidential Fellowship (2008), Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Fellowship (2008), being one of three researchers worldwide to receive the prestigious IEEE EDS PhD Fellowship Award (2011). She was a “Bright Mind” invited speaker at the KAUST-NSF conference (2015), one of three winners of the Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator’s competition at San Diego (2015), a recipient of “Materials Research Society’s Graduate Student Award” (2015), and was named a “Rising Star” in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2015). After completing her postdoc, she went on to become a tenure-track assistant professor at MIT.