Gopal Sarma MD, PhD, is on the leadership team of the Models, Inference, and Algorithms Initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, serving as a full-time scientific advisor. In addition to his formal scientific training in mathematics, theoretical physics, and medicine, he has worked as a professional software engineer for Wolfram Research, where he managed a data curation team and built a foundational framework for natural language processing in the Wolfram Language.
He is also a Senior Contributor to the OpenWorm Foundation, an international open science project working towards the world’s first realistic biophysical simulation of the nematode C. elegans. With OpenWorm, he has led a diverse set of projects spanning software testing and quality assurance, ion channel modeling, and organizational development.
He has published on a variety of topics related to AI safety, including value alignment and goal structure stability, safe oracles for mathematical computation, and biologically-inspired research agendas with parallel tracks aimed at AI safety. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University, a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, and an MD from the Emory University School of Medicine.