Sumita Pennathur

Sumita Pennathur

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


(805) 893-5510
Engineering Science Building, Room 3231C

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering


Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2021); Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (2008); UC Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship (2009); Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) Award (2010)


Bioengineering, Systems Biology, Fluid Dynamics, Micro & Nano Technology

The research in the Pennathur Laboratory is focused on novel studies of chemical and biological species using fabricated micro- and nanoscale devices. The scope of the research program is broad, spanning the fields of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering. The research goals are also broad, focusing on the fundamental science of nanoscale systems, while also exploring exciting technological possibilities. Major efforts include, general electrokinetics, creating and developing enabling micro- and nanofluidic tools to identify and characterize chemical and biological compounds, improving current bionalaytical devices, and designing/engineering entire systems for point-of-care usage.