About me

Gopal Sarma
MD Candidate, Emory University School of Medicine
PhD inĀ Applied Physics, Stanford University
AB inĀ Mathematics, Harvard University
Email: gopalsarma [at] outlook [dot] com
Other: [GitHub][GoogleScholar]

I’m a scientist, programmer, and physician-in-training.

My background is in mathematics, physics, data science, and software engineering. After completing my PhD at Stanford and prior to joining the Emory University School of Medicine, I worked for several years as a software engineer for Wolfram Research. My educational and career trajectory has largely been motivated by an interest in metascience, the systematic study of science itself, with a view towards understanding broad scientific trends and their policy implications. In particular, I believe that the degree of specialization in modern science and its accelerated growth in recent decades has created an urgent need for broadly educated scientists with training in multiple subjects at the graduate level.

Philosophically, I view the world from the vantage point of the long-term future and the consequences that present-day actions will have many years and decades from now. I am strongly motivated to think critically about global issues that may not materialize in the near-term, whether the multi-generational impact of the structure of graduate education and the training of scientists, or the long-term implications of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.