|Alma mater||Imperial College
Texas A&M University
|Doctoral advisor||Dimitri V. Nanopoulos|
|Known for||Biophysics of the cytoskeleton, Biological photovoltaics|
He received his MSci in Physics from Imperial College London (1997) and his PhD in Physics from Texas A&M University (2003), under Dimitri V. Nanopoulos, where he studied the theoretical and experimental biophysics of the cytoskeleton. He performed molecular dynamic simulations on tubulin. Under an NSF grant he conducted cross-disciplinary research that experimented with surface plasmon resonance, dielectric spectroscopy and molecular neurobiology. Mershin tested the hypothesis that the neuronal microtubular cytoskeleton is involved in memory encoding, storage, and retrieval in Drosophila.
Mershin researches bio- and nano- materials at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, where he develops bioelectronic photovoltaic and machine olfaction applications using membrane proteins integrated onto semiconductors. Mershin has patented in the field of bioenergy harvesters, he is also a co-founder of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' international annual "Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize" for the best scientific question posed by children.
- Quantum Aspects of Life (book)
- The Emerging Physics of Consciousness  Chapter 4: Towards Experimental Tests of Quantum Effects in Cytoskeletal Proteins (book)
- Bioenergy Harvesting: Electricity from Living Trees
- New Scientist article
- The emerging physics of consciousness, ISBN 978-3-540-23890-4