Dr. Manu Platt earned his BS in Biology from Morehouse College in 2001 and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and Emory University's joint Biomedical Engineering program in 2006. After postdoctoral work at MIT, he returned to Georgia Tech/Emory as an assistant professor in 2009. There, his lab studies proteolytic mechanisms of sickle cell disease, HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease, and cancer metastasis with computational and experimental models. These diseases disproportionately affect minority populations which underscore Dr. Platt's belief in diversity at the bench to solve health disparities with unique perspectives. His work is funded by NIH Director's New Innovator Award, International AIDS Society, and Georgia Cancer Coalition.