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Sanjay Kumar

bioengineer: Biosciences

Media contact: Dan Krotz, [email protected], (510) 486-4019


Recent research

Sanjay Kumar is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and Co-Chair of the UC Berkeley & UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering.  He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (1996) from the University of Minnesota, where he studied lipid self-assembly in the laboratory of Matt Tirrell. He then moved on to Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an M.D. (2003) and a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics (2003) as a fellow of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. During the graduate portion of his training, he investigated the structure and energetics of neuronal intermediate filaments in the laboratories of Jan Hoh of the School of Medicine and Mike Paulaitis of the Department of Chemical Engineering. From 2003-2005, he served as an NIH research fellow with Don Ingber at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, where he examined the nanoscale mechanics and dynamics of cytoskeletal structures in living cells and developed nanomagnetic technologies to control receptor-mediated signaling.

Awards and Memberships

Since joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 2005, Dr. Kumar has been fortunate to receive a number of honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), The NIH Director's New Innovator Award, The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award. He also received awards by student vote for Excellence in Graduate Advising (UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering) and Outstanding Teaching (Bioengineering Honor Society) and has served as a Presidential Chair Teaching Fellow.  Work in his laboratory has been sponsored by grants and fellowships from NIH, NSF, DOD, AHA, CRCC, LBNL, The Beckman Foundation, and the University of California.


Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University

MD, Johns Hopkins University

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota


last updated: 2017-08-04 10:41:32