Sanjay Kumar

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Professor and Associate Chair, Bioengineering
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Scientist, Biological Systems and Engineering, LBNL

274A Stanley Hall
Mailcode 1762
510-666-3367
skumar@berkeley.edu

For more information, see: http://kumarlab.berkeley.edu/

Research Interests

Our lab seeks to understand and engineer mechanical and other biophysical communication between cells and materials. In addition to investigating fundamental aspects of this problem with a variety of micro/nanoscale technologies, we are especially interested in discovering how this signaling regulates tumor and stem cell biology in the central nervous system. Recent directions have included: (1) Engineering new tissue-mimetic culture platforms for biophysical studies, molecular analysis, and screening; (2) Exploring mechanobiological signaling systems as targets for limiting the invasion of brain tumors and enhancing stem cell neurogenesis; and (3) Creating new biomaterials inspired by cellular structural networks.

Education

  • 2003 M.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • 2003 Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Molecular Biophysics
  • 1996 B.S., University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering

Major Awards

  • 2016 Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • 2015 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • 2012 Stem Cells Young Investigator Award
  • 2011-2016 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Army Research Office
  • 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award (by student vote), Berkeley Bioengineering Honor Society
  • 2008-2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
  • 2008 Hellman Family Faculty Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2007 Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering
  • 2006-2009 Beckman Young Investigator Award, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
  • 2004-2005 National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (NINDS)

Professional Experience

Academic appointments:

  • 2015-present Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2015-present Associate Chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2014-present Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011-2014 Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2005-2011 Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2003-2005 NIH Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School

Other positions:

  • 2015-2019 Standing Member, NIH Study Section on Intercellular Interactions (ICI)
  • 2014 Visiting Professor, EPFL & ISREC, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2014 Sackler Sabbatical Fellow, Brain Tumor Research Center, UCSF
  • 2012-2015 Chair, UC Berkeley – UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering
  • 2012-2013 Faculty Director, UC Berkeley – UCSF Master of Translational Medicine Program
  • 2011-2012 Co-Chair, UC Berkeley – UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering
  • 2006-present Faculty Scientist, Biological Systems and Engineering Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory