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May 2014: Phil Kang and Stacey Lee, first-year Ph.D. students in Bioengineering, have joined the lab for their thesis research. Welcome, Phil and Stacey!

April 2014: Congratulations to Jasmine for receiving the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship!

March 2014: Sanjay receives support from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center Sabbatical Exchange Program for his activities at UCSF. Details here.

January 2014: We have a new publication in Science Translational Medicine: Kurpinski et al., Mastering Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Education for a New Generation.

January 2014: The lab is grateful to receive a research award from the W. M. Keck Foundation.  Details here.

November 2013: The lab is pleased to welcome Jessica (Jess) Lee, a Chemical Biology Ph.D. student who will be jointly advised by Prof. Matt Francis in Chemistry.

November 2013: We have a new publication in Soft Matter: MacKay et al., Three-dimensional patterning of multiple cell populations through orthogonal genetic control of cell motility.

October 2013: The lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Joanna Bechtel Dahl, an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology who will be jointly advised by Prof. Susan Muller in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

October 2013: We have a new publication in Chemical Communications: Acharya et al., A fluorescent peroxidase probe increases the sensitivity of commercial ELISAs by two orders of magnitude.

August 2013: Congratulations to Elena on winning a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship!  She was only one of 42 recipients nationally and will receive three years of significant financial support.  She is also featured prominently in the official HHMI press release and on the Berkeley BioE Department webpage.

July 2013: The lab is featured in a campus news story on the Amgen Scholars Program.

July 2013: George receives a Predoctoral Fellowship from UC Berkeley's NIH-sponsored Stem Cell Engineering Training Program. This competitive award includes up to two years of significant financial support, specialized courses in stem cell technology and bioethics, and a short industrial internship. Congratulations!

June 2013: We have a new publication in the Journal of Cell Science, featured on the cover and cited in Faculty of 1000: Chang and Kumar, Vinculin tension distributions of individual stress fibers within cell-matrix adhesions.

June 2013: We have a new publication in Integrative Biology: Pathak and Kumar, Transforming potential and matrix stiffness co-regulate confinement sensitivity of tumor cell migration.

June 2013: Joanna receives her Ph.D. and moves on to start a postdoctoral fellowship in the Hammer Lab at U Penn. Vai departs to start her first year of medical school at Albany Medical College. Congratulations and very best wishes to you both!

June 2013: We have a new publication in the Journal of Cell Science, featured on the cover: Chang and Kumar, Vinculin tension distributions of individual stress fibers within cell-matrix adhesions.

June 2013: Congratulations to Sophie for receiving a 2013-2014 Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) Predoctoral Fellowship!

May 2013: Congratulations to Jasmine for receiving the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship!

May 2013: We have a new publication in Scientific Reports: Keung et al., Pan-neuronal maturation but not neuronal subtype differentiation of adult neural stem cells is mechanosensitive.

May 2013: Elena passes her qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations, Elena!

May 2013: Jasmine Hughes, Mike Kang, and George Lin, first-year Ph.D. students in Bioengineering, have joined the lab for their thesis research. Welcome, Jasmine, Mike, and George!

April 2013: Yushan wins a Poster Award at the NCI Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers Network Investigators' Meeting. Congratulations!

April 2013: Congratulations to Badri for receiving a Travel Award to attend the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting and speak in a Symposium on Design of Cell-Instructive Materials.

March 2013: Congratulations to Katerina on receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

March 2013: We have a News and Views piece in Nature Nanotechnology about recent efforts to use nanomagnetics to control cytoskeletal assembly and cell migration.

January 2013: Andy is awarded an NIH NRSA (F32) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations!

December 2012: Amit moves on to start his new appointment as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Congratulations and best wishes, Professor Pathak!

December 2012: The lab is thrilled to welcome Katerina Georgiou, a first-year Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering PhD student.

December 2012: Sanjay receives the Stem Cells Young Investigator Award. The award is based in part on our 2011 Stem Cells paper on mechanobiological regulation of neural stem cell lineage commitment with co-authors Albert Keung, Elena de Juan Pardo, and David Schaffer. Details here.

November 2012: We have a new publication in Methods in Molecular Biology: MacKay and Kumar, Measuring the elastic properties of living cells with atomic force microscopy indentation.

November 2012: Joanna receives a very competitive Travel Award from the Biophysical Society to attend their 2013 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations!

November 2012: The lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Claudia Schmidt, who recently completed her Ph.D. at ETH-Zurich and will be conducting a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship with us through spring 2013.

October 2012: Congratulations to Badri, who has been awarded a CIRM postdoctoral fellowship for 2013!

August 2012: The lab receives a Samsung Global Research Outreach Award for its work on the mechanobiology of brain tumors. Details here.

August 2012: We have a new publication in Integrative Biology - Keung et al., Soft microenvironments promote the early neurogenic differentiation but not self-renewal of human pluripotent stem cells.

July 2012: Sanjay is elected Chair of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering.

June 2012: We have a new publication in PNAS - Pathak and Kumar, Independent regulation of tumor cell migration by matrix stiffness and confinement.

June 2012: Congratulations to Andy, who is awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Siebel Stem Cell Institute at UC Berkeley! This award comes with a year of financial support and the opportunity to participate in research and educational opportunities through the UC Berkeley and Stanford Siebel Stem Cell Institutes.

June 2012: Albert finishes his Ph.D. and moves on to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Collins Lab at Boston University. Congratulations and best wishes, Albert!

May 2012: Elena Kassianidou, a first-year Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, has joined the lab for her thesis research. Welcome, Elena!

May 2012: Andy has been recognized by the Carnegie Mellon University Biomedical Engineering Department for his Ph.D. research studying the regulation of cellular traction forces with Dr. Yu-li Wang. He will recieve the Graduate Student Research Award at CMU's commencement on May 19. Congratulations, Andy!

March 2012: Andy Rape, Ph.D., has joined the lab from Carnegie Mellon University to start a postdoctoral fellowship. Welcome, Andy!

February 2012: Maniraj (Mani) Bhagawati, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of Osnabrück to start a postdoctoral fellowship. Welcome, Mani!

February 2012: We have a new publication in Biophysical Journal - MacKay et al., A genetic strategy for the dynamic and graded control of cell mechanics, motility, and matrix remodeling.

January 2012: We have a new publication in WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol - Srinivasan and Kumar, Ordered and disordered proteins as nanomaterial building blocks.

January 2012: Sophie is awarded a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) predoctoral fellowship for 2012. This competitive award comes with substantial financial support and will enable her to participate in special training opportunities through the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. Congratulations, Sophie!

December 2011: Anuj finishes his Ph.D. Congratulations, Dr. Patel!

December 2011: We have a new publication in JRS Interface – Sen et al., Contributions of talin-1 to glioma cell-matrix tensional homeostasis.

October 2011: We have a new publication in Stem Cells –  Keung, DeJuan et al., Rho GTPases mediate the mechanosensitive lineage commitment of neural stem cells. 

September 2011: Sophie passes her qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations, Sophie!

September 2011: Theresa moves on to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Lauffenburger Lab at MIT. Congratulations and best wishes, Theresa!

August 2011: We have a new publication in Integrative Biology – Patel et al., Microtopographical assembly of cardiomyocytes.

July 2011: Sanjay receives tenure and is promoted to Associate Professor. A sincere thanks to all members, collaborators, and friends of the laboratory for an incredible first six years.

July 2011: We have a new publication in Biomaterials - Ananthanarayanan et al., Elucidating the mechanobiology of malignant brain tumors using a brain matrix-mimetic hyaluronic acid hydrogel platform.

June 2011: In January, Sanjay attended the BMES-SPRBM Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, where he gave a talk and participated in a roundtable discussion on the future of the field.   The BMES journal Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering has now published the meeting program and minutes of the roundtable discussion.

May 2011: Yushan passes her qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy.  Congratulations, Yushan!

May 2011: Theresa and Anuj participate in commencement (photo here).

May 2011: Theresa completes her Ph.D.  She will be continuing her research this summer before heading off to a postdoctoral position in the fall.  Congratulations, Dr. Ulrich!

April 2011: The Kumar Laboratory participates in the NCI Physical Sciences-Oncology Center National Meeting in La Jolla.  Photo here.

April 2011: We have a new publication in Biomaterials – Ulrich et al., Microscale mechanisms of agarose-induced disruption of collagen remodeling. 

March 2011: We have a new publication in PLoS ONE – Pathak and Kumar, From molecular signal activation to locomotion: An integrated, multiscale analysis of cell motility on defined matrices.

February 2011: Joanna is selected to attend the 61st Annual Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, which will be held in Lindau, Germany in June 2011 (details here). This is a highly selective meeting that gives 550 young researchers from around the world the opportunity to interact with 25 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine. It also comes with a generous travel grant. Congratulations, Joanna!

February 2011: Sanjay receives the NSF CAREER Award. Details here.

December 2010: We have a new publication in Integrative Biology - Pathak and Kumar, Biophysical regulation of tumor cell invasion: Moving beyond matrix stiffness.

September 2010: Nithya Srinivasan, Ph.D., has joined the lab from Penn State University to start a postdoctoral fellowship. Welcome, Nithya!

September 2010: Joanna wins the Dow Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given to 1-2 outstanding GSIs annually by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering based on student nominations. Congratulations, Joanna!

August 2010: Having graduated in June, Vai returns to the lab and joins the inaugural class of the UCSF/UC Berkeley Masters Program in Bioengineering (details here).  Welcome back, Vai!

August 2010: Anuj is named a  Siebel Scholar!  This award was established by the Siebel Foundation "to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering." He is one of only 80 students nationally to win this award and will receive substantial financial support for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Congratulations, Anuj!

July 2010: Shamik moves on to start a faculty position in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in Mumbai, India.  Congratulations and best wishes, Professor Sen!

July 2010: Juan Du, an undergraduate student from Zhejiang University in China, joins the lab for a six-week visit.  Welcome, Juan!

July 2010: Alvaro Jorge heads back to Spain to continue his PhD at the University of Navarra after a six-month visit in our lab.  Good luck, Alvaro!

June 2010: Shamik wins an award for the top oral presentation in biomechanics at the 11th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium held at UC Davis from June 17-19.  Congratulations, Shamik!

June 2010: Yushan Kim and Sophie Wong, first-year Ph.D. students in Bioengineering, have joined the lab for their thesis research.  Welcome, Yushan and Sophie!

June 2010: Sanjay selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering meeting in Aramonk, NY in Fall 2010.  Details here.

May 2010: Ching-Wei Chang, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of Michigan to start a postdoctoral fellowship. Welcome, Ching-Wei!

May 2010: Meimei Dong finishes her MS research and moves upstairs to start a staff position with the Marriott Lab.  Good luck Meimei!

February 2010: Applications are now open for the Gordon Research Seminar "New Directions in Cell Adhesion and Signaling", which will be held July 10-11, 2010 in Waterville, Maine.  Theresa was elected Co-Chair of this Seminar at the 2008 "Signaling by Adhesion Receptors" Gordon Research Conference.  Conference information and application materials are available here

February 2010:Theresa is invited to speak at the National Graduate Student Symposium at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis this April.  She is among 43 out of 1185 invited applicants from across the country to be selected for this honor.  Congratulations, Theresa!

January 2010: Sanjay travels to Washington, DC, to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and meet President Obama at the White House!
Photos here.

December 2009:The Kumar Laboratory features prominently in the Fall 2009 issue of the College of Engineering Forefront magazine:
(1) A Breakthroughs feature on our 2009 Cancer Research paper
(2) Sanjay's participation in a roundtable discussion on Bioengineering
(3) Discussion of the lab's work with microengineered scaffolds in a feature article on nanoscience

November 2009: Sebastian is awarded the E.ON Future Award from E.ON Energie AG and Technische Universitaet Muenchen for his Ph.D. dissertation. Read the press release (in German) here. Congratulations, Sebastian!

October 2009: UC Berkeley is awarded a $15.7 million Physical Sciences and Oncology Center Grant from the National Cancer Institute entitled "Fundamental Mechanobiology of Tumor Progression," which will include participation from the Kumar Laboratory.  Read the press release here and see the program website here

September 2009: Kandice is awarded a Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Department of Defense.  Congratulations, Kandice!

August 2009: Joanna passes her qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy.  Congratulations, Joanna!

August 2009: Sebastian Rammensee, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen to start a postdoctoral fellowship by the Human Frontier Science Program.  Welcome, Sebastian!

August 2009: Sanjay is featured in the Spanish newspaper El Diario Vasco for his recent visit to TECNUN and CEIT in San Sebastian, Spain.  Read the article (en Español) here

July 2009: Sanjay is awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy! Read the official press release.

June 2009: Badriprasad (Badri) Ananthanarayanan, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of California, Santa Barbara to start a postdoctoral fellowship.  Welcome, Badri!

May 2009: Anuj passes his qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations, Anuj!

May 2009: Sanjay receives the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Bioengineering Honor Society (BioEHS) as the result of a vote by its members.

March 2009: Joanna wins a Travel Award to attend and present a poster at the NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference in Hawaii in June. Congratulations, Joanna!

March 2009: Theresa wins an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the UC Berkeley Teaching & Resource Center. Congratulations, Theresa!

January 2009: Amit Pathak, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of California, Santa Barbara to start a postdoctoral fellowship.  Welcome, Amit!

October 2008: Kandice Tanner, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of California, Irvine to start a postdoctoral fellowship.  Welcome, Kandice!

September 2008: The Kumar Laboratory is awarded the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, which provides $1.5 million over 5 years to support the group's research in cellular mechanobiology. Read the NIH announcement and the press release.

August 2008: Albert passes his qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations, Albert!

August 2008: Sanjay is one of three UC Berkeley faculty featured in the Faculty Spotlight exhibit at Moffitt Library (through December 22). Details here.

June 2008: Sanjay is awarded the Hellman Family Faculty Research Award from the UCB Chancellor's Office for 2008-2009. Details here.

April 2008: Theresa passes her qualifying exam and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations, Theresa!

April 2008: Check out our recent highlight in the College of Engineering newsletter:
http://innovations.coe.berkeley.edu/vol1-issue1-fall07/cellularconnections

March 2008: Albert wins an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the UC Berkeley Teaching & Resource Center. Congratulations, Albert!

February 2008: Elena departs for Spain to start her new faculty position at TECNUN/CEIT, University of Navarra. Good luck, Elena!

February 2008: Theresa, Anuj, Matt, and Elena present posters at the Biophysical Society meeting in Long Beach, CA.

January 2008: Sanjay's paper on nanomagnetic control of receptor-mediated signaling (work started when he was a postdoc with Don Ingber at Harvard) comes out in Nature Nanotechnology. Read about it here: http://focus.hms.harvard.edu/2008/012508/nanotechnology.shtm

January 2008: Joanna passes her preliminary exams. Congratulations, Joanna!

December 2007: Sanjay is named to the organizing committee of the AFM BioMed Conference, to be held in Monterey, CA, in October 2008. More information can be found here: www.afmbiomed.org

December 2007: Rosalía completes her visit and returns to Spain to defend her undergraduate thesis. She will begin a new position in London in January. Good luck, Rosalía!

November 2007: Shamik Sen, Ph.D., has joined the lab from the University of Pennsylvania to start a postdoctoral fellowship.  Welcome, Shamik!

October 2007:
Joanna MacKay, a first-year PhD student in chemical engineering, has joined the lab for her thesis research.  Welcome, Joanna!

October 2007: Sanjay is recognized with the first annual award for Excellence in Graduate Advising by the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering.  Congratulations, Sanjay!

July 2007:  Sanjay is named as a UC Berkeley Presidential Chair Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year.  Through this program, Sanjay will participate in a series of seminars and workshops focused on teaching and learning strategies, and he will receive a grant for course improvement.  Read more here: 

http://teaching.berkeley.edu/preschairfellows/index.html

June 2007: Theresa and Amit earn Best Poster Award honors at the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium at UCSF for their presentation, Mechanobiology of Glioblastoma Multiforme.   Well done, Theresa and Amit!

April 2007: Theresa has been awarded both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.  Congratulations, Theresa!