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Kakani Katija: Designed by Nature

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The midwaters of the ocean are one of the least-explored ecosystems on Earth, but its inhabitants have inspired all kinds of technologies. The work of bioengineer Dr. Kakani Katija has led to jellyfish-inspired robotics and more.  

As a child, Dr. Katija dreamed of being an astronaut and trained as an aerospace engineer. Eventually, her desire to explore shifted from deep space to the deep sea: instead of searching space for signs of life, she now studies waters that are teeming with it. And what she has learned from these underwater creatures is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Come on a dive with National Geographic Live and Arts Commons Presents to discover sea creatures with the potential to make big impacts on some of the world’s most critical problems. 

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“It wasn’t until grad school that I realized the endless possibilities and places I could do research and work in – including the ocean.” – Dr. Kakani Katija

“Technology is at the core of what I do.” Dr. Katija studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact on some of our world’s most critical problems.