Luís A. Nunes Amaral
Luís A. Nunes Amaral is a professor of chemical and biological engineering, and an associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University. He is also an early career scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He leads his own lab, the Amaral Lab, which conducts research into the emergence, evolution, and stability of complex social and biological systems. His research aims to tackle the most pressing challenges facing human societies and the world’s ecosystems.
Professor Amaral is pioneering the development of cartographic tools for the representation of complex biological networks. Described as the biologist’s Google maps, Amaral is developing a tool that synthesizes vast amounts of biological data into navigation maps.
The tool allows researchers to zoom in and out of complicated cellular pathways and navigate cells. Such tools can potentially transform how we prevent and cures diseases.