Quantitative Biologist & Innovator

I am a graduate researcher with over 7 years of experience in Bioengineering, Quantitative biology and biomechanics. I am particularly interested in nature inspired engineering and questions that relate to mechanics of biological systems. How does biological material assemble, flow/move, grow to attain a geometry and a particular function. The goal is to develop foundational theories and models with experimental design, analysis and optimization in light of physical principles and prior understanding of the biology. Please find more details on my research interests and experience on my research page.

I am from Lucknow, India. A city about 500 km south - east of the capital New Delhi. I have always had great interest in Interdisciplinary & applied science. I have a B.S. in Bioengineering from Bangalore University, where I participated in undergraduate research. After my undergraduate I moved to NCBS (national center for biological sciences, Bangalore. India) and worked as a full time Junior research scholar in Sanjay P. Sane's Insect flight Lab. Where I developed the Ideas and work on biomechanics of dipteran flight and physics of ultrafast plant movements.



In 2014, I moved to the Australian national university as a graduate researcher. I am interested in understanding mechanisms of formation and evolution of leaf shapes and their diversity. I am being supervised by Adrienne nicotra and co - supervised by Justin Borevitz, John Close and Vanessa Robins.


Beyond my work, I am an avid adventure enthusiast and actively seek new rock-climbing, surfing and mountain biking projects. Since I moved to Australia it has been even more exciting for me. I have recently started learning snow-boarding and did my first season in 2015, which was a stunning experience.

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Amit k. Singh | Research School of Biology | Australian National University |


Amit K. Singh

Biomechanics and Environmental Physics


Talk - Cellular and Molecular Biology Cluster, Sydney University - On growth and form of leaves in the third dimension via machine vision and advanced optics - 31st May 2017


Talk - European Molecular Biology Labs - "Growth & Form in 4D" - 19th November 2016


Talk - Stanford University, Department of Geological Sciences (Boyce Lab) "On Dorsiventrality of Leaves, Moving plants & Manual transmission in Insect flight" - 11th July 2016.


Talk - Harvard University (Arnold Arboretum) "Functional Morphology

and Evolutionary Mechanics of Leaf Shapes" - 23rd June 2016.


Talk - Harvard University, Department of Applied Mathematics " Moving Plants, Biological gearbox & On

Dorsiventrality of Leaves" - 21st June 2016.


Talk - Harvard University (Arnold Arboretum)"How do plants move ? Physics and Hydraulics of Plant Movements" - 22nd June 2016.


Harvard microMORPH - Accepted Harvard University, Cambridge.


Conducted a succesful workshop on assembly and regulation of leaf shape. 7-8th April 2016. Charlotte Pass, Australia


Lead Organizer "Self organised complexity of shape" A symposium - SOCS 2016. 5-6th April 2016.Canberra, Australia


Work on "mechanical design of fly thorax and gear box" published in PNAS.


Biomechanical basis of wing and haltere

coordination in flies. PNAS

Ultrafast Coherence Interferometery - In Review.

Water Movement in Vascular Plants: A Primer. IISC Journal

The biomechanics of fast prey capture in aquatic bladderworts. Biology Letters

NSF Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University - Travel Grant - 2016

EMBL Symposium Travel grant - 2016

Company of Biologist Symposium

Grant - 2016.

Mechanical tool box in flies - Nature Asia.

Fastest known plant predator - The scientist magazine.

How flies fly - Wired magazine

Suck it up in a hurry - Outside JEB

EMBL "Towards Quantitative Biology" Travel Grant 2016. Accepted