About – Mirkó Palla, PhD

Wyss Institute at Harvard University
3 Blackfan Circle, CLSB 528/6A
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 459-3445
E-mail: mirko.palla@wyss.harvard.edu

Education

2014-2019

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering
Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Advisor: Professor George M. Church

Research Focus:
Development of a novel, integrated circuit based ionic current blockade detector enabling massively parallel single-molecule (SM) DNA sequencing, combining the advantages of sequencing by synthesis with the speed and sensitivity of the biological αHL nanopore. Special focus on SM data analysis to categorize and uniquely discriminate current blockade signals of individual bases collected during real-time measurements.

2008-2014

Columbia University – New York, NY

Doctor of Philosophy (2014), Department of Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Professor Jingyue Ju
Dissertation: “Novel Engineering Approaches for DNA Sequencing and Analysis”
Master of Philosophy (2012), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2010)
GPA: 3.82/4.00

Advanced Courses:
Advanced Heat Transfer, Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Advanced Mechanics of Fluids, Case Studies in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Complex Variables, Control Theory, Genomic Information Science and Technology, Genome Sequencing Laboratory, Molecular Mechanics, Numerical Methods, Theory of Elasticity

2005-2007

Clarkson University – Potsdam, NY

Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Mathematics; Presidential Scholar (2005-2007), Dean’s List (Fall 2006)
GPA: 3.92/4.00 – top of the class

Advanced Courses:
Dynamical Systems, Finite Element Analysis, Integrated Design, Mechanical Vibrations and Control, Principles of Microeconomics, Thermodynamic System Engineering

Scholarship:
Honors and International Scholar

2005-2006

Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

Graduate course: Computational and Functional Genomics, Biophysics Program

2002-2005

State University of New York College at Potsdam – Potsdam, NY

Double Major: Physics and Mathematics; Minor: Computer Science
Basic coursework in Liberal Arts Studies
GPA: 3.95/4.00

Advanced Courses:
Advanced Scheme, Analysis of Algorithms, Discrete Data Structures, Finite Fields, Quantum Physics, Programming Structures, Theory of Sets

Awards and Distinctions

Harvard University

  • Financial award recipient from the Aspen Center for Physics (ACP) to present at the 10th Biennial Workshop on Single Molecule Biophysics (SMB2019) in Aspen, CO
  • Best Poster Award at the 2017 Annual Genetics Retreat of Harvard Medical School
  • Travel grant recipient from the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS) to present at the 20th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2016) in Dublin, Ireland
  • Technical Programme Committee nominee for the special issue of the IEEE Sensors Journal: “Selected Papers from the 2015 IEEE Sensors Conference” – top 10% of conference proceedings

Columbia University

  • Graduate Research Assistant Award with full tuition coverage during Master’s phase (2010-2012)

Clarkson University

  • Norman L. Rea Award for Excellence in Mechanical Engineering (2007)
  • Clarkson University Honors and International Scholarship Recipient (2005-2007)

SUNY Potsdam

  • Received Presidential Scholar Research Grant in Bioinformatics (2004)
  • Winner of the Charlie Smith Award for Excellence in Mathematics (2004)
  • Departmental Award for Academic Excellence in Chemistry (2003)
  • Member of the Hungarian National Junior U-20 Ice Hockey Team (1997-2001)

Professional Activities and Service

  • National Honor Societies: Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman), Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics), Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics), Pi Tau Sigma (International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
  • Professional Societies: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Chemical Society (ACS), Society of Physics Students (SPS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)