Frederick Sachs, PhD, University at Buffalo

Frederick Sachs, PhD
Frederick Sachs, PhD

Dr. Sach's laboratory research interests center on mechanical and electrical biophysics, from molecules to organs, and the development of new tools. His basic research interests are on cell mechanics and the mechanisms by which mechanical forces are transduced into messages such as voltage and chemicals such as ATP and Ca2+. He discovered mechanosensitive ion channels in 1983. His methodology has included patch clamp, high resolution bright field light microscopy, low light fluorescence microscopy, high speed digital imaging, TIRF, digital image analysis, high voltage EM with tomography, Atomic Force Microscopy, molecular biology, natural product and recombinant protein biochemistry, NMR and microfabrication and microfluidics. His lab discovered the only known specific inhibitor of mechanosensitive ion channels and uncovered its remarkable mode action by using a combination of electrophysiology and chiral chemistry. They have demonstrated potential clinical applications of the peptide for cardiac arrhythmias, oncology, muscular dystrophy, and incontinence.



  1. Guo, J., Wang, Y., Sachs, F. & Meng, F. Actin stress in cell reprogramming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, E5252-5261 (2014).