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Rhiju Das

Stanford University
Associate Professor
Dr. Das is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine. His lab focuses on computer modeling and design of RNA molecules, which code for elaborate biological machines like viruses, ribosomes, self-replicases, and agile RNA medicines. Dr. Das leads Eterna, an open science platform that crowdsources intractable RNA design problems to players of an online video game and provides scoring feedback based on actual wet-lab experiments.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Das and Eterna have launched the OpenVaccine challenge to develop refrigerator-stable mRNA vaccines needed for world-wide immunization.