Dr. Gopal Sarma

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 10-15 person 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 and AI safety. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University, PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, and MD from the Emory University School of Medicine.


INVITED TALK: AI Safety and the Life Sciences