A.B. (Summa Cum laude), Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2001
Ph. D., Biophysics, Stanford University, 2007


Appointment Status


Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute




Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mechanobiology Institute




T-Lab Building, Level 9,
5A Engineering Drive 1,
Singapore, 117411



Lab website: Nanoscale Mechanobiology


Tel:  +(65) 6601 8991
Fax: +(65) 6776 5322


Research Interests

  1. Superresolution microscopy
  2. Cell-matrix interactions
  3. Cell-cell interactions

Research Projects

  • Development of 3-dimensional interferometric superresolution microscope
  • Molecular architecture of cell-matrix adhesion complex
  • Molecular architecture of cell-cell adhesion complex

Awards and Honours


Singapore NRF Fellowship (2011-2016)
HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship (2001-2006)
Stanford Graduate Fellowship (2001-2004)
Phi Beta Kappa (2001)

Membership in Scientific/Professional Organization


American Society for Cell Biology
Biophysical Society

Selected Publications

  1. Cristina Bertocchi, Yilin Wang, Andrea Ravasio, Yusuke Hara, Yao Wu, Talgat Sailov, Michelle A. Baird, Michael W. Davidson, Ronen Zaidel-Bar, Yusuke Toyama, Benoit Ladoux, Rene-Marc Mege, and Pakorn Kanchanawong. "Nanoscale architecture of cadherin-based cell adhesions" Nature Cell Biology. Nature Cell Biology 2017, 19 (1), 28-37.
  2. Z Zhang, Y Nishimura, P Kanchanawong "Extracting Microtubule Networks from Superresolution Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy Data" Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2016, E16-06-0421.
  3. J. Liu, Y. Wang, W. I. Goh, H. Goh, M. A. Baird, S. Ruehland, S. Teo, N. Bate, D. R. Critchley, M. W. Davidson, P. Kanchanawong, "Talin determines the nanoscale architecture of focal adhesions" PNAS, 112 (35), E4864-E4873.
  4. Y. Wu, P. Kanchanawong, R. Zaidel-Bar, "Actin-Delimited Adhesion-Independent Clustering of E-Cadherin Forms the Nanoscale Building Blocks of Adherens Junctions" Developmental Cell. (2015) 32 (2), 139-154.
  5. P. Kanchanawong, G. Shtengel, A. Pasapera-Limon, E. Ramko, M.W. Davidson, H.F. Hess, C. M. Waterman. "Nanoscale Architecutre of Integrin-based Adhesions", Nature, 468(7323): 580-4, 2010.
  6. G. Shtengel, J. A. Galbraith, C. G. Galbraith, J. Lippincott-Schwartz, J. M. Gillette, S. Manley, R. Sougrat, C. M. Waterman, P. Kanchanawong, M. W. Davidson, R. D. Fetter and H. F. Hess. "Interferometric fluorescent super-resolution microscopy resolves 3D cellular ultrastructure", PNAS, 106 (9), 3125-3130, 2009.