Sanjay Kumar

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
UC Berkeley

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Research Areas

Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical Imaging & Instrumentation, BioMEMS & Nanotechnology, Systems & Synthetic Biology, and Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Research Interests

Our lab seeks to understand and control mechanical and other biophysical communication between cells and their surroundings. In addition to investigating fundamental aspects of this problem with a variety of micro/nanoscale technologies, we are especially interested in understanding the role played by cellular mechanobiological signaling in tumor and stem cell biology in the central nervous system. Two important recent directions for our work have been to: (1) Engineer new tissue-mimetic culture platforms for biophysical studies, molecular analysis, and screening; and (2) Explore mechanobiological signaling systems as targets for limiting the invasion of brain tumors and enhancing stem cell neurogenesis. Finally, we have recently begun to develop new materials based on cellular structural networks that may have broader applications in synthetic biology and soft materials science.