Avinash Manjula Basavanna
Fascinated by nature’s elegant designs and the living cell’s remarkable manufacturing capabilities, Avinash Manjula Basavanna decided to put some of these principles into practice. He set himself the goal of creating advanced materials in a sustainable manner. In this lifelong quest, he works at the interface of synthetic biology, materials engineering, nanotechnology, microbial factories, sustainability and nature-inspired engineering.
As a PhD student at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Basavanna focused on Bioinspired Design Strategies. During his post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, he made three pioneering contributions to Living Materials Technology. He designed and developed the world’s first water-processable, biodegradable and coatable bioplastic (AquaPlastic); the world’s first Programmable Microbial Ink for 3D printing of living materials; and a self-regeneratable Stiff Living Material that demonstrates the circular material economy.
Basavanna’s research efforts have been recognized with MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, Grand Prize in American National Science Foundation (NSF) Big Idea competition, Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award and Deep Tech Pioneer Award. He was also selected for the President of India’s Innovation Scholars In-Residence Program and Harvard Innovation Lab’s Venture Incubation Program.
Recently he moved to Northeastern University, while he is also working at MIT as a Research Affiliate. At and& Leuven, find out where Basavanna is in his lifelong quest for innovation.