Department Faculty

Daniel A. Fletcher
Purnendu Chatterjee Professor and Chair, Bioengineering
Deputy Division Director, Physical Biosciences Division, LBNL
Purnendu Chatterjee Chair, Engineering Biological Systems

608B Stanley Hall
mailcode: 1762
510 643-5624

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Research Interests

My laboratory studies the mechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels.  For these studies, we are developing new instruments to quantify cell and molecular mechanics based on optical microscopy, force microscopy, and microfabrication.


2002Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Biochemistry
2001Ph.D., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering
1997D.Phil., Oxford University, Engineering Science
1994B.S.E., Princeton University, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Major Awards

2010Bioengineering Teaching Award, Outstanding Instructor, Bioengineering Honor Society, UC Berkeley
2010Tech Award Laureate, Museum of Technology and Innovation, San Jose, CA
2009Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant
2008-2009White House Fellow, Washington, DC
2005Hellman Faculty Fund Award, UC Berkeley
2004National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2003UC Berkeley Presidential Chair Fellow
2001National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Award
1996National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
1994Rhodes Scholarship

Professional Experience

2009-presentAssociate Chair, Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
2010-presentProfessor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
2007-presentDeputy Division Director, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2007-2010Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
2002-2007Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
2003-presentFaculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2003-presentMember, Nanoscale Science & Engineering Graduate Group, UC Berkeley
2002-presentMember, Bioengineering Graduate Group, UC Berkeley & UCSF
2002-presentMember, Biophysics Graduate Group, UC Berkeley
2002-presentFaculty Affiliate, QB3, UC Berkeley
2015-presentChair, Department of Bioengineering