About Amit

Amit grew up in a farmer’s family in India and like the other kids “in the hood”, his early career aspirations included joining the army or becoming a cricketer. Amit’s pre-doctoral studies at the Indian Institute of Science‒Bangalore (IISc) involved the total synthesis of natural products and protein folding studies. He was ranked among top 5 students nationwide in the entrance exams of IITs and IISc. In 2006, he moved to Univ. of Wisconsin‒Madison to pursue his graduate studies with Prof. Ron Raines. Amit’s doctoral thesis describes the discovery of a force (termed nπ* interactions) that is akin to the hydrogen bond in its quantum mechanical origin and widespread prevalence in biomolecules.

Amit got interested in diabetes on observing a rampant prevalence of tuberculosis-triggered diabetes in many Indian families, including his own. In 2011, Amit was elected as a Harvard Junior Fellow and hosted by Prof. Stuart Schreiber at the Broad Institute. Here, he decided to shift his research focus from quantum mechanical interactions to diabetes as the chemical biology of the beta cell is in “dark ages.” In 2015, he was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Amit also holds appointments at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute. The efforts of Amit’s group have been recognized by William F. Milton Fund grant, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Innovation Award, Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award at the Scientific Interface, NIH Director's Transformative Research Award, DARPA's SAFE GENES award, and Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.