2013/14 Recipients

The recipients of the 2013/14 UCSF-UCB Sackler Faculty Exchange Program are Dr. Scott Baraban from UCSF and Dr. Sanjay Kumar from UC Berkeley.

Scott Baraban

Scott Baraban, UCSF, Neurological Surgery

Scott Baraban is a professor of neurological surgery and William K. Bowes Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Baraban’s lab studies the cellular and molecular basis of epilepsy, a devastating neurological disorder afflicting nearly 3 million Americans. While some seizures can be controlled with available medications, a large number of epilepsy patients are medically intractable. Combining pharmacology, genetics, electrophysiology and unique zebrafish models of intractable epilepsy they are identifying new treatments for these patients.

Dr. Baraban is the recipient of awards from the Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the UCSF Innovation in Basic Science Award, as well as a EUREKA grant from the NIH.

Sanjay Kumar
Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar, UC Berkeley, Bioengineering

Sanjay Kumar is a professor of bioengineering at UC Berkeley. Dr. Kumar’s research team is working to understand how biophysical inputs control cell and tissue behavior and exploiting this knowledge to engineer biological function. This is applied to stem cell and cancer biology/therapeutics, primarily in the context of the central nervous system. 

Dr. Kumar has received 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.