Michael RoukesMichael Roukes is the Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology.  His scientific interests range from quantum measurement to applied biotechnology – with a unifying theme of the development, very-large-scale integration and application of complex nanosystems to precision measurements in physics, the life sciences and medicine.  Concurrent with his Caltech appointment, he has held a Chaire d’Excellence in nanoscience in Grenoble, France since 2008. In 2011, he was one of the six scientists who initially proposed a national project to map brain activity to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which catalyzed Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.

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