Atul N. Parikh is Professor and member of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Since 2013, he is also a Visiting Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He studied Chemical Engineering at the Dept. of Chemical Technology (UDCT) University of Bombay (B. Chem. Eng., 1987) and Materials Science (Emphasis: Polymer Science) at the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D. 1993). Between 1996 and 2001, as postdoctoral scholar and then technical staff member in the Chemical Science and Bioscience divisions at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), he explored design of biologically inspired materials and biosensors. His research interests include membrane biophysics, surface and interface chemistry, Synthetic Chemical Biology, and Soft Matter.