Sam Rodriques

2013 Hertz Fellow
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Sam Rodriques is the founder of the Applied Biotechnology Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute.

Sam has invented a new nanofabrication method, a new approach to sensing neural activity with probes in the bloodstream, and new ways to extract spatial and temporal information from RNA sequencing. He graduated with a PhD in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having worked between the MIT Media Lab, the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Prior to that, he graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in Physics from Haverford College, where he worked on new methods for calculating quantum entanglement in multipartite quantum systems. He has received numerous national awards and fellowships to support his research, including the Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Churchill Scholarship. He continues to work on a broad diversity of projects, including new brain mapping technologies and technologies for sequencing individual proteins.

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mapping Cell Types, Dynamics, and Connections in Neural Circuits

Undergraduate Studies

Haverford College


2019, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2019, Newman Entrepreneurial Initiative, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2013, Churchill Scholar, Winston Churchill Foundation of U.S.

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Nov 21, 2023
Hertz Fellows Megan Blewett, Adam Marblestone, and Sam Rodriques are working together to advance not just scientific research, but also how it’s funded.
Oct 20, 2020
Jenny Schloss and Sam Rodriques were awarded the 2019 Hertz Thesis Prize for developing tools to study biological processes.
Jun 30, 2016
To adequately understand how the brain works requires widespread mapping of neural activity, posing an immense challenge to neuroscience. However, a team of researchers, led by Hertz Fellows and MIT Media Lab members Sam Rodriques and Adam Marblestone, think they may have discovered a solution--using light to detect neural activity through optical fibers threaded deep into the brain.

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