Dr. Manu Prakash | From Volcanoes to bicycles: Roles & responsibilities for inventing in crisis mode


Dr. Manu Prakash, Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, was the speaker of the third WebGyan session, on ‘From Volcanoes to bicycles: Roles and responsibilities for inventing in crisis mode’. A volcanic eruption of 1815 and its aftermath prompted the invention of a bicycle. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into a global crisis. Dr. Prakash tackled the question, “As scientists, how do we grapple with new roles and responsibilities that are on our shoulders, in a devastating crisis that is far from over?” As a lab that traditionally works on developing frugal science-based solutions for medical problems in resource-constrained environments, the members of the Prakash Lab at Stanford University found themselves exploring ways to invent their way through the current challenges, guided by needs identified by global community partners.