Casim A. Sarkar (Principal Investigator)

Research Interests

Molecular cell engineering: protein engineering; ligand/receptor binding and trafficking; cell signaling and decision making; computational, synthetic, and systems biology.


1997 - 2002 PhD in Chemical Engineering with Minor in Computational Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
1993 - 1997 BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Professional Experience

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2008 - present Member, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group.
2008 - present Member, Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group.
2008 - present Member, Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
2006 - present Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics.
2006 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
2006 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering.

University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - 2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry.

Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA
2000 Intern, Pharmaceutics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1997 - 2002 Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering.

Selected Honors and Distinctions

2011 - 2016 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.
2009 Selected Participant, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference.
2008 - 2012 Scientist Development Grant, American Heart Association.
2003 - 2005 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health.
1999 Semifinalist, MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition.
1999 Special Service Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT.
1997 - 2002 Graduate Fellowship, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation (accepted).
1997 Graduate Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (declined).
1997 Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (declined).
1997 Graduate Fellowship, Whitaker Foundation (declined).
1997 BS, summa cum laude, University of Texas at Austin.
1993 - 1997 Ashland Oil Scholarship, National Society of Professional Engineers.