Research Expertise and Interest
biomaterials, molecular and cellular bioengineering, stem cells, cancer biology, translational medicine
Sanjay Kumar is the Chancellor's Professor and Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UC Berkeley (QB3-Berkeley). The Kumar Lab research team seeks to understand and control biophysical communication between cells and their surroundings. A large portion of their work involves the integration of biomaterials science, single-cell technologies, and advanced imaging to dissect molecular mechanisms through which cells sense, process, generate, and respond to mechanical forces. In addition to investigating fundamental aspects of this problem, they are especially interested in applying their insights to control tumor and stem cell biology, particularly in the central nervous system. For example, they have developed materials to control neurogenesis and deliver stem cells to tissue, and they have created new technological platforms to model the invasion of brain tumors, which may in turn be used to discover new therapies.
QB3 was established in 2000 as a Governor Gray Davis Institute for Science and Innovation and consists of a central administration together with institutes on the campuses of UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UC Santa Cruz. QB3's goals are to fuel the California bioeconomy, support research and training in quantitative biosciences, and translate academic research into products and services that benefit society. QB3-Berkeley organizes and administers core research facilities, incubator space (QB3 Garage@Berkeley), and educational and career development programs. QB3-Berkeley also oversees and is based in Stanley Hall, a 285,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary research and teaching building on the Berkeley campus.