Shankar Sundaram

Director, Center for Bioengineering
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Shankar Sundaram serves as the Director of the Center for Bioengineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In this capacity, he leads the laboratory’s Bioengineering strategy and technology development activities and oversees a program portfolio that includes flexible neural interface development, multi-compartment brain-on-chip models and computational neuroscience. Currently, he is a co-lead on a new lab initiative on predictive biology which integrates computation and machine learning with advanced instrumentation and ex-vivo model systems to understand and predict the behavior of complex biological systems, with neuroscience as an exemplar. Prior to LLNL, he was the Bioengineering Center Director at Draper Laboratory where he led the laboratory’s strategy and initiatives in the areas of neuroengineering focusing on trans-disciplinary, multi-institutional partnerships. Prior to that he was in the private sector leading efforts on the development of modeling and design software for physiology/biology as well medical devices that interfaced with biology. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s degree, also in Chemical Engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.