Dr. Sanjeevi Sivasankar

Sanjeevi Sivasankar

Position Title

  • Biomedical Engineering
GBSF, Room 2519
451 E. Health Science Drive, Davis CA 95616

Sanjeevi obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Prof. Deborah Leckband. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship in Single Molecule Biophysics, with Nobel Laureate Prof. Steven Chu, at Stanford University/UC Berkeley. In 2008, Sanjeevi started his independent laboratory as an Assistant Professor in the Physics department at Iowa State University. In September 2018,  his group moved to the Biomedical Engineering department at UC Davis.

Sanjeevi's group has made several key contributions to characterizing the molecular mechanisms by which cell adhesion proteins sense and respond to mechanical force. His group is also inventing several new bioengineering technologies including a microscope for ultrasensitive-measurement of single-molecule interaction and conformation and new super-resolution fluorescence microscopies. His laboratory has also resolved the biophysical determinants for protein misfolding and aggregation in certain neurodegenerative diseases.

Research in the Sivasankar lab has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award from the March of Dimes Foundation.