Anwesha Sarkar


Assistant Professor


3131 Coover Hall,
2520 Osborn Dr.,
Ames, IA 50011
Nanovaccine Institute


Education Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University (2020) PhD, Physics, Wayne State University (2015) MPhil, Physics, Institute of Physics, India (2011) MSc, Physics, IIT Madras, India (2010) BSc, Physics, ST. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India (2008)   Research Areas Core Area(s): Single molecule Biophysics, Atomic Force Microscopy, Protein-protein interactions, Biosensors Department’s Strategic Area(s): Bioengineering   Google Scholar Profile:


  1. A. Sarkar, D. LeVine, N. Kuzmina, Y. Zhao, X. Wang, Cell migration driven by self-generated integrin ligand gradient on ligand-labile surfaces, Current Biology, 2020
  2. A. Sarkar, D. LeVine, Y. Zhao, K. Mollaeian, J.Ren, X. Wang, Tandem tension sensor reveals substrate rigidity-dependence of integrin molecular tensions in live cells,doi:, bioRxiv, 2020
  3. Y. Zhao, A. Sarkar, X. Wang, Peptide nucleic acid based tension sensor for cellular force imaging with strong DNase resistance, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2019
  4. A. Sarkar, A. Sohail, J. Dong, M. Prunotto, K. Shinki, R. Fridman, P.M. Hoffmann, Live Cell Measurements of Interaction Forces and Binding Kinetics between Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 and Collagen I with Atomic Force Microscopy, volume 1863, issue 11, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) General Subjects, 2019
  5. A. Sarkar, Y. Zhao, Y. Wang, X. Wang, Adhesive force-activatable biomaterial enables direct fluorescent imaging of cellular force on regular cell culture surfaces, Physical Biology, volume 15, number 6, June 2018 (impact factor: 1.818)
  6. Y. Wang, D. LeVine, M. Gannon, Y. Zhao, A. Sarkar, X. Wang, Force-activatable biosensor enabling single platelet force mapping directly by fluorescence imaging, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Volume 100, Pages 192-200, 2018
  7. Y. Wang, Y. Zhao, A. Sarkar, X. Wang, Optical sensor revealed abnormal nuclease spatial activity on cancer cell membrane, Journal of Biophotonics, 2018
  8. Y. Zhao, Y. Wang A. Sarkar, X. Wang, Keratocytes concentrate high-level integrin tension to peel off cell rear adhesion sites during rapid cell migration, iScience (Cell Press), 9:502-512, 2018
  9. S. Jones, A. Sarkar, C. D. Feldmann, P. M. Hoffmann, O. Merkel, Revisiting the value of competition assays in folate receptor-mediated drug delivery, Biomaterials, Volume 138, Pages 35-45, September 2017