User:Kunal Mehta

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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 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.

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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Contact Info

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

kkmehta {at} stanford



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

Research interests

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.


  1. Purnell RF, Mehta KK, and Schmidt JJ. Nucleotide identification and orientation discrimination of DNA homopolymers immobilized in a protein nanopore. Nano Lett. 2008 Sep;8(9):3029-34. DOI:10.1021/nl802312f | PubMed ID:18698831 | 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.




N.B., The labeling of the second set of links as "Cool" is in no way meant to suggest that the other links are not also "cool".