5129A/5129B Etcheverry Hall and 137 Sutardja Dai Hall

Prof. Sohn's Office

5118 Etcheverry Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Upcoming Events

  • 25-29 October 2015

    Francois Rivest will be giving an oral presentation and Junghyun Kim and Daniel Yang will be giving poster presentations on their work at MicroTas 2015.

    • 16 November 2015

      Sewoon's paper, "Constructive remodeling of a synthetic endothelial extracellular matrix," is accepted to Scientific Reports. Congratulations!!

    • 27 October 2015

      Junghyun Kim's poster, Characterizing mechanical properties of cancer cells by Node-Pore Sensing, is a finalist for the Best Poster Award at µTAS in Gyeongju, Korea. Congrats!

    • 26 October 2015

      Francois Rivest gives an oral presentation on Barker-coded Node-Pore Sensing at µTAS in Gyeongju, Korea.

    • 6 October 2015

      Prof. Sohn participates in Berkeley's Big Give campaign. Check out the ~54 sec mark on the video posted!

    • 3 October 2015

      Olivia and Roberto present their posters at the Bioengineering retreat in Asilomar. Olivia's poster focused on DNA-patterning of neural stem cells: "Versatile Methods for Generating Efficient, Multiplexed Cellular Communities Using DNA-Based Patterning." Roberto's poster focused on real-time cellular tracking at the point-of-care: "Developing of Real-Time Cell Tracking Technique for Surface-Marker Screening." Congrats to both!!

    • 26 September 2015

      The SohnLab participates in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program. Junghyun, Nahyun, Olivia, and Prof. Sohn do a hands-on demonstration on microfluidics for middle-school students.

    • 14 September 2015

      Welcome to Thomas Carey, our new Bioengineering rotation student!

    • 11 September 2015

      Professor Sohn participates on a panel discussion "Decoding Cancer" at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China.

    • 9 September 2015

      Professor Sohn participates in the Berkeley "Ideas Lab" with Profs. Ana Arias (EECS), Dan Fletcher (Bioengineering), and Amy Herr (Bioengineering) at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China. She delivers a "pecha kucha" on the liquid biopsy work the lab is developing.

    • 8 September 2015

      Congrats to Francois Rivest on his Master's Degree from the EPFL! We look forward to having him back in November as an EPFL PhD student!

    • 23 July 2015

      Congrats to Daniel Yang on his Master's thesis!

    • 30 June 2015

      The lab will be well represented at MicroTas 2015 in Korea in October. Francois Rivest has been selected to give an oral presentation and both Junghyun Kim and Daniel Yang were selected to give poster presentations. Congrats to all three!

    • 1 June 2015

      Welcome Dr. Sewoon Han, our new postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Han received his Ph.D. from Prof. Seok (Sid) Chung's group at Korea University.

    • 1 June 2015

      Welcome Brian Li, who is from UT Austin and is an Amgen Scholar!

    • 1 June 2015

      Welcome to our summer undergraduate researchers: Kathleen Keh, Serena Leong, Rui Li, Shane Pracar, Lisa Qing, Stephanie Scribner, Andy Sum, and Shun Yao. We hope that you'll have a productive and successful summer, and have as much fun as we do!

    • 29 May 2015

      Prof. Sohn gave an invited talk on Node-Pore Sensing at the 2015 EIPBN (Electron, Ion, Photon Beam and Nanofabrication) Conference in San Diego, CA.

    • 16 May 2015

      Congratulations to all our graduating seniors—Stephanie Cai, Rui Li, and Christina Lin! We are all proud of you!!

    • 11 May 2015

      Roberto Falcon, Bioengineering graduate student, joins our group after completing his 1st year rotations. Welcome back!

    • 9 May 2015

      Prof. Sohn gave a Plenary talk on Node-Pore Sensing at Korean Life Scientists in the Bay Area Spring 2015 conference at UCSF.

    • 6 May 2015

      Daniel Yang gave an oral presentation on his paper, "High-throughput microfluidic device for circulating tumor cell isolation from whole blood," at the 2015 SPIE Bio-MEMS and Medical Microdevices II Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

    • 3 April 2015

      Prof. Sohn gave an invited talk on Node-Pore Sensing in the Dept. of of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.

    • 20-22 February 2015

      First Annual SohnLab retreat at Heavenly, Lake Tahoe.

    • 26 January 2015

      Bioengineering undergrad senior, Kevin Jiang, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering sophomore, Ilyssa Evans, join the lab. Welcome!

    • 27 January 2015

      Karthik's paper, "Node-pore sensing enables label-free surface-marker profiling of single cells", is accepted to Analytical Chemistry . It is also selected as an ACS Editors' Choice paper. Congratulations!

    • 16 January 2015

      Prof. Sohn gave a Plenary Lecture at Third International Conference on Innovative Biology, Medicine, and Engineering (ICBME 2015) at Nagoya University, Japan

    • 2 January 2015

      Welcome Roberto Falcon, our new Bioengineering rotation student!

    • 2 January 2015

      Welcome Nahyun Cho (Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) as she officially joins our research group!

    • 18 December 2014

      Karthik Balakrishnan completes his thesis. Congratulations on this major milestone!

    • 6 November 2014

      Prof. Sohn gave a keynote talk at WoPhys2014 .

    • 28-29 October 2014

      Prof. Sohn gave a presentation on NPS at the AACC virtual conference Diagnostics Today.

    • 20 October 2014

      Welcome Francois Rivest! Francois is a Master's student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and will be spending the next 9 months working on his Master's degree in our lab.

    • 7 October 2014

      Our poster, "Node-Pore Sensing: A label-free platform to screen single cells for their phenotypic profile," has been named "Outstanding Poster" by the committee members of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry conference "Diagnostics Today" . This conference is AACC's inaugural virtual conference which will be held Oct. 27-28, 2014. Congratulations Karthik and former lab members, Jimmy, Jeremy, and Richard!

    • 24 September 2014

      Daily Cal highlights Prof. Sohn and the lab. Read the article here .

    • 23 September 2014

      Prof. Sohn gave a talk on Node-Pore Sensing Micro-Nanoengineering International Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland

    • 19 September 2014

      Prof. Sohn and the lab are highlighted in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy blog.

    • 9 September 2014

      Eric Jabart's paper, "A Microfluidic Method for the Selection of Undifferentiated Human Embryonic Stem Cells and In Situ Analysis", has been accepted for publication in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics! Congrats to Eric and to co-authors, Sachin Rangarajan, Corrine Lieu, and Jimmy Hack—all former members of our group!

    • 5 September 2014

      Prof. Sohn "pitched" her project on isolating and analyzing circulating tumor cells to Silicon Valley at the "Meet the Bakar Fellows" event in Menlo Park. Read about the event here .

    • 26 August 2014

      Christina Lin presented her summer research project, "Induction and Confirmation of an EMT Spectrum in SKOV-3 Cells with TGFβ-1 & Thrombin," at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Conference at UC Berkeley.

    • 13 August 2014

      Good bye to Kelly Goodman, as she leaves for graduate school in the EECS Dept. at University of Colorado, Boulder. Good luck!

    • 8 August 2014

      Prof. Sohn gave an invited talk on Node-Pore Sensing at the 2014 US-Korea Conference in San Francisco

    • 7 July 2014

      Good bye to Eric Jabart and much good luck as he joins Zephyrus Biosciences .

    • 1 June 2014

      Welcome to all our new undergrads, Andy Lei, Andrew Sum, Serena Leong, and Kelly Goodman!

    • 18 May 2014

      To all our graduates in lab—Karthik (Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering), Eric (Ph.D. in Bioengineering), Jeremy (B.S. in Bioengineering), and Justin (B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology)—Congratulations!!!

    • 28 April 2014

      Welcome BioEngineering graduate student, Olivia Scheideler, to our research group!

    • 26 April 2014

      Node-Pore Sensing wins "Outstanding Poster Award" at the 2014 American Association of Clinical Chemistry Oakridge Conference: Emerging Clinical & Laboratory Diagnostics.

    • 15 April 2014

      We say goodbye to Jimmy Hack, a long time member of the Sohnlab. Good luck in graduate school at the University of Delaware! We know you will do very well!

    • 7 April 2014

      Congratulations to Peter Su, who was awarded a Whitaker International Fellowship . He will spend a year at ETH Zurich

    • 4 April 2014

      Congratulations to Christina Lin, who was awarded a SURF/Rose Hills fellowship to work in our lab this summer! Christina will investigate how ovarian cancer cells phenotypically and genotypically change after an epithelial-mesenchymal transition is induced.

    • 28 March 2014

      Congratulations to the Node-Pore Sensing Team! Node-pore sensing was one of 5 winners in the "Identifying Revolutionary Platform Technologies for Advancing Life Sciences Research" competition sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kavli Foundation, Burroughs Welcome Fund, Templeton Foundation, and Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The competition focused on identifying a platform technology that "could lead to breakthrough advances in the life sciences." Prof. Sohn presented NPS to the foundations and to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington D.C.

    • March 2014

      Congratulations to undergrads, Jeremy Whang and Peter Su, who will be going on to graduate school. Jeremy will be attending Tulane University and Peter will be attending Northwestern University.

    • February 2014

      Dr. Mustafa Mir gave an oral presentation, "Quantifying Surface-Marker Expression through Imaging of Transient Interactions", in the Bioengineering Platform at the 57th Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco

    • February 2014

      Read about Prof. Sohn's Bakar Fellowship and her research.

    • 24 January 2014

      We welcome Laura Frei, a CIRM intern, to our group. Laura will be working with us for the next 10 months.

    • December

      Eric Jabart completes his thesis. Congratulations on this major milestone!

    • December

      Prof. Sohn will be giving an invited talk, "Label-Free Single Cell Analysis", at the SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems Meeting in Melbourne, Australia

    • 21 November

      Mustafa Mir is selected to give an oral presentation, "Quantifying Surface-Marker Expression through Imaging of Transient Interactions", at the 57th Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco in February, 2014. Co-authors are Bioengineering rotation student, Olivia Scheideler, and Bioengineering undergraduate, Jeremy Whang. Congratulations Mustafa, Olivia, and Jeremy!

    • 15 November

      The Berkeley Stem-Cell Center selects Dr. Mustafa Mir as a 2014 California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Postdoctoral Scholar! Congratulations Mustafa!

    • 13 November

      Prof. Sohn's group present their Node-Pore Sensing work at the Dean's Society event, Health@Home , at the Menlo Circus Club. Prof. Sohn also participates as a panelist at this event.

    • 1 November

      Prof. Sohn talked about her group's work on cancer diagnosis using label-free methods in an invited talk as part of the Berkeley Nanoscale Science and Engineering Seminar series.

    • 27-31 October

      Karthik presents a poster at the 2013 MicroTas conference in Freiberg, Germany.

    • 5 October

      Prof. Sohn was one of three featured speakers at the College of Engineering 2013 Alumni and Family Weekend program “Engineering Better Health”

    • 12 September

      Our group continually grows...Welcome to Andrew Yu and Peter Su!

    • 9 September

      Welcome Bioengineering Rotation graduate student, Olivia Lambdin, to the group this semester!

    • 23 August

      Welcome to new Mechanical Engineering graduate students, Junghyun Kim and Daniel Yang!

    • July 8, 2013

      Welcome to all the new members of our group: Prof. Mina Hoorfar (University of British Columbia, Okanagan), Dr. Mustafa Mir (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Hannah Ahn (College Preparatory School), and Andrew Vaughn (College Preparatory School).

    • June, 2013

      In its 2012 Annual Report, the W. M. Keck Foundation highlights the group's work on using resistive-pulse sensing to screen single cells. Read "As rare as a day in June: Finding Elusive Cells"

    • June 12, 2013

      We say goodbye to Bioengineering undergrads, Anand Kesavaraju, Bo Qing, and Richard Hwang. Anand will pursue a Master's in Bioengineering at Northwestern University, Bo will pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at MIT, and Richard will enter the UCSF Breast Care Center Internship Program. Congratulations and Good Luck to all of them! At the same time, we welcome our new undergrads for the summer: Cal Dewar, Justin Inman, Rui Li, Christina Lin, Cassidy Werner, and Jeremy Whang. Undergrad Youny Kuang will join us in the Fall.

    • June 8, 2013

      Karthik Balakrishnan gave an oral presentation, “Node-Pore Sensing”, at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort, Lucca (Barga), Italy.

    • May 30, 2013

      Prof. Sohn gave an Invited Talk at the 57th International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication in Nashville, TN. Her talk focused on her group's work on label-free single-cell analysis.

    • May 24, 2013

      Prof. Sohn is selected as a fellow in the prestigious Bakar Fellows Program . Read the university announcement here .

    • May 19, 2013

      Sohn Lab undergrad researchers, Eugene Chao, Trong Ngyuen, Anand Kesavaraju, Richard Hwang, and Bo Qing, graduate! Congratulations!!!

    • May, 2013

      Prof. Sohn featured in the Faculty Profile in the Spring Issue of the Berkeley Science Review: “Lydia Sohn: Physicist, Biologist, Whistleblower”.

    • May, 2013

      Lab on a Chip Editors have noted Karthik Balakrishnan’s paper, “Node-Pore Sensing: A Robust, High-Dynamic Range Method for Detecting Biological Species,” (Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 1302-1307) to be of “exceptional significance for the miniturisation community" and have now placed the paper in the themed category, "Lab on a Chip Top 10%".

    • April 10-12, 2013

      The group was well represented at the 7th International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology, Marina Del Rey, CA
      • Anand Kesavaraju, Bo Qing, and Eric Jabart presented their poster, “Tunable Micropost Arrays for Studying Breast Cancer Microenvironments,” which is in collaboration with Mark Labarge at LBNL
      • Karthik Balarkishnan presented his poster, “Node-Pore Sensing—A Highly Sensitive Technique for Screening Biological Species”

    • April 8-12, 2012

      We welcome Daniel Peterson, Vishaal Agartha, and Michael Wornow—all students at the College Preparatory School in Oakland. Daniel, Vishaal, and Michael are spending their Intraterm with us and learning what it's like to work in a research laboratory.

    • March 21, 2013

      • Prof. Sohn gave an invited talk, “Uncovering Stem-Cell Heterogeneity in the Microniche with Label-Free Microfluidics,” at the Annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore, MD.
      • Anand Kesavaraju presented a talk, “Micropost microenvironments for studying liminal-basal lineage commitment of breast-cancer cells,” at the Annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore, MD.

    • March 2, 2013

      The Sohn Lab hosted a day-long microfluidics workshop, “Go with the Flow,” for middle school girls (Grades 6-8). The workshop was part of the “Expanding Your Horizons” conference that day.

    • February 28, 2013

      Prof. Sohn presented an invited talk on “Label-Free Cell Screening”, in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis.

    • February 3, 2013

      The group’s paper on screening and sorting satellite muscle stem cells from single myofibers has been accepted to Integrative Biology. Congratulations!

    • January 21, 2013

      Karthik’s paper on Node-Pore Sensing is accepted to Lab Chip. Congratulations!

    • December 14, 2012

      Anand Kesavaraju graduates! He will be working in our group full time starting in January, 2013. Congratulations!

    • November 28, 2012

      Prof. Sohn presents her group’s work on “Label-Free Single-Cell Analysis” for the CITRIS Research Exchange here at Berkeley. You can find a recording of her talk at http://youtube/mhy8kHwSvv8.

    • November 27, 2012

      Prof. Sohn gives a talk at Nerd-nite East Bay at the Stork Club in Oakland. Her talk was about Label-free Cell Analysis.

    • November 18, 2012

      Claudia Reiche from the Technical University of Berlin begins her 1-month visit in our group. She is a Masters candidate in Business Engineering in Berlin and she is performing a marketing analysis of our D3 project with Siemens for her thesis. Welcome!

    • August 10, 2012

      Matthew Chambers joins the group. Matthew recently graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Welcome!

    • August 15, 2012

      Prof. Sohn presents a talk on “Label-Free Single-Cell Analysis” at the W. M. Keck Foundation Workshop on Imaging Detection of Single Molecules: Challenges and Opportunities.

    • June 22, 2012

      Prof. Sohn talks to the Berkeley Breakfast Club about her group’s work on Label-free Cell Diagnostics

    • May 30, 2012

      Karthik passes his Qualifying Exam. Congratulations!

    • May 12, 2012

      Evan Lyall graduates! Congrats!

    • April 20, 2012

      Prof. Sohn is an invited speaker at the 7th Gotham Metro Condensed Matter Meeting, New York Academy Sciences. She will discuss her role in uncovering the fraudulent work of Hendrik Schön and will participate in a “fireside chat” centered on issues of ethics in research and their interplay with the various pressures to publish.

    • April 2, 2012

      Evan Lyall chooses Berkeley Biophysics Program for graduate school. Congrats Evan!

    • April 1, 2012

      The new Sohn Lab in Sutardha Dai Hall is finished!! We look forward to moving day. The lab is in Room 137 and we invite everyone to visit us once we are settled in our newly renovated space. Yes, we will still be in Etcheverry 5127/5129/5113, too.

    • March 28, 2012

      Anand Kesavaraju presents a poster to the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego: Label-free screening of multiple cell-surface antigens using single micropores

    • March 27, 2012

      Matthew Chapman gives an oral presentation to the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego: Characterizing Spatial Organization of Cell-Surface Receptors in Human Breast Cancer with STORM

    • March 25, 2012

      Karthik Balakrishnan gives an oral to the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego: Using label-free screening to investigate stem-cells from their microanatomical niche

    • February 21, 2012

      First STORM imaging achieved! Images of CCR7 receptors on the surface of MCF7 cells were recorded. Congrats Matthew and Evan!! On to Multi-color STORM!

    • February 8, 2012

      Evan Lyall receives a travel grant from the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society to attend the APS Annual March Meeting in Boston. Congrats Evan!

    • February 1, 2012

      Phase 2 of Direction Detection Diagnostics (D3) begins with Siemens Healthcare under the Berkeley/Siemens Center of Knowledge Interchange program

    • November 29, 2011

      Matthew Chapman and Karthik Balakrishnan are selected to give oral presentations at the Nanopores Conference in Spain, February 6-10, 2012

    • November 20, 2011

      Anand Kesavaraju selected for a Co-Op internship at St. Jude Medical, Cardiac Rhythms Group. Congrats, Anand!

    • November 12, 2011

      Prof. Sohn presents a talk, "Label-Free Cell Diagnostics", at the Berkeley Shanghai Biotech Forum in Shanghai, China
      July 2011
      Eric Jabart is names a 2011 Siebel Foundation Scholar. Congrats to Eric!
      September 2011
      Vincent Tuminelli joins the lab as Lab Research Scientist. Welcome Vinny!
      September 2011
      Peter Pan joins the lab as a rotation student. Welcome Peter!

    • April 23, 2011

      Karthik Balakrishnan wins the 2011 National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.

    • October 5, 2010

      Professor Sohn was awarded the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program Idea Award, part of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Read more about this organization here.

    • July 2, 2010

      Corinne leaves for Creighton Medical School. GOOD LUCK Corinne!

    • June 18, 2010

      Eric published a book chapter in Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, titled “Biomaterial Applications in the Adult Skeletal Muscle Satellite Cell Niche: Deliberate Control of Muscle Stem Cells and Muscle Regeneration in the Aged Niche”. Read more about his book chapter here.

    • May 16, 2010

      Nga completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Congrats Nga, and good luck with your graduate studies in bioengineering at Boston University!
      Jimmy completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Congrats Jimmy!

    • May 14, 2010

      Eric passed his quals! Congrats Eric!

    • May 10, 2010

      Karthik and Matthew successfully complete their first year of graduate school!

    • May 7, 2010

      Dr. Mohanty presents at The Ottowa Conference on New Directions in Biology and Disease of Skeletal Muscle

    • April 28, 2010

      Matthew officially joins the Sohn Lab

    • April 23, 2010

      Allison passed her quals! Congrats Ally!

    • March 18, 2010

      Eric has been selected to receive the 2009-2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, sponsored by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Congratulations Eric, we are so proud of you!

    • January 22, 2010

      Eric has been selected to present a poster at the Society For Biomaterials 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Where Materials Meet Biology held in Seattle, Washington in April 2010.

    • January 4, 2010

      Sohn, Conboy, and Herr receive a Keck Foundation Medical Research Program award for their project: Applying Embryonic Signal Integration for Adult Limb and Organ Regeneration. Read more about their project here.

    • December 8, 2009

      Dr. Swomitra Mohanty selected as a CIRM Postdoctoral Scholar

    • November 18, 2009

      Prof. Sohn is a panelist on the Global Technology Leader conference at UCSF