Santinderpall Pannu, PhD

Director, Center of Bioengineering
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Satinderpall Pannu, PhD, is the Director for the Center for Bioengineering and was most recently the Section Leader for the Center for Micro- and Nano-Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he managed a group of scientists and engineers dedicated to the research of bioengineering and nanotechnology. His group conducts multidisciplinary research spanning inertia sensors, electromagnetic detectors, advanced material development, and biomedical devices. 


As Director of the Center for Bioengineering, Dr. Pannu leads a research team developing biomedical devices with significant interests in developing implantable neural interfaces for humans. His team, in conjunction with the Department of Energy’s Artificial Retina program and Second Sight Medical Products, developed the world’s first the retinal prosthesis. 


Dr. Pannu and his team are pushing the boundaries of implantable neural interface technologies for chronic recording and stimulating from the central and peripheral nervous systems. These technologies include biocompatible polymers, electrode materials, hermetic packaging, dielectric coatings, and wireless electronics for neural prosthetic systems. Dr. Pannu has numerous publications and patents in the field.