G.V. Shivashankar is currently the Deputy Director of Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of Singapore, Singapore. He is also heading the Joint Research Laboratory between IFOM and MBI that is focused on understanding the role of nuclear mechanics in Cancer.
Shivashankar laboratory is interested in understanding the impact of cell-geometric constraints on nuclear mechanics and genome regulation in living cells. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, combining high resolution live-cell imaging and mechanics experiments, his laboratory investigates the biophysical principles underlying the coupling between cellular geometric cues to the nucleus and its impact on gene regulation. Over the past few years, his laboratory has lead the field by providing a quantitative framework to understand the modular links between nuclear mechanics and chromosome organization in regulating genetic information.
Shivashankar was awarded the Birla Science Prize in 2006, The Swarnajayanthi Fellowship in 2007 and was elected to the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2010. He has published more than fifty papers in peer-reviewed international journals. He was the Editor of the Methods in Cell Biology series book on "Nuclear Mechanics and Genome Regulation", 2010, Elsevier Press and is a reviewer for a number of major international grants and Journals.