Education & Professional Experience
Ph.D.: Syracuse University, Physics (2013)
B.Sc. (Hons): Chennai Mathematical Institute (India), Physics (2008)
Honors and Awards:
Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2018)
HFSP Young Investigator Grant (2018)
EPSRC New Investigator Award (2018)
Kadanoff-Rice Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago (2013)
APS Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics (2014)
All-University Doctoral Prize, Syracuse University (2013)
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2020-
Lecturer, University College London (UK), 2019-2020
Junior Group Leader, University College London (UK), 2016-2019
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago, 2013-2016
I develop theoretical models to understand how the internal structures and machineries of a living cell impacts its shape, physical properties, and ability to communicate with other cells. The shape and structure of a cell can have an integral impact on the cell function and behavior. As a cell grows, morphs, and reproduces, its components constantly reshape to adapt to changes in its external and internal environment. Understanding how these changes affect cell behavior can profoundly aid in biomedical research.
M.F. Staddon, K.E. Cavanaugh, E.M. Munro, M.L. Gardel, and S. Banerjee, Mechanosensitive junction remodeling promotes robust epithelial morphogenesis, Biophys. J. 117, 1739 (2019).
N. Ojkic, D. Serbanescu, and S. Banerjee, Surface-to-volume scaling and aspect ratio preservation in rod-shaped bacteria, eLife8:e47033 (2019).
R.J. Tetley, M.F. Staddon, D. Heller, A. Hoppe, S. Banerjee, and Y. Mao, Tissue fluidity promotes epithelial wound healing, Nat. Phys. 15, 1195 (2019).
V. Ajeti et al., Wound healing coordinates actin architectures to regulate mechanical work, Nat. Phys. 15, 696 (2019).
D.S. Seara, V. Yadav, I. Linsmeier, A.P. Tabatabai, P.W. Oakes, S.A. Tabei, S. Banerjee and M.P. Murrell, Entropy production rate is maximized in non-contractile actomyosin, Nat. Commun. 9, 4948 (2018).
E.N. Schaumann, M.F. Staddon, M.L. Gardel, and S. Banerjee, Force localization modes in dynamic epithelial colonies, Mol. Biol. Cell 29, 2835 (2018).
K.L. Weirich, S. Banerjee, K. Dasbiswas, T.A. Witten, S. Vaikuntanathan, and M.L. Gardel, Liquid behavior of cross-linked actin bundles, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.114, 2131 (2017).
S. Banerjee, K.J.Utuje, and M.C. Marchetti, Propagating stress waves during epithelial expansion, Phys. Rev. Lett.114, 228101 (2015).
P.W. Oakes, S. Banerjee, M.C. Marchetti, and M.L. Gardel, Geometry regulates traction stresses in adherent cells, Biophys. J. 107, 825 (2014).
S. Banerjee and M.C. Marchetti, Contractile stresses in cohesive cell layers on finite-thickness substrates, Phys. Rev. Lett.109, 108101 (2012).
A.F. Mertz, S. Banerjee, et al., Scaling of traction forces with the size of cohesive cell colonies, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 198101 (2012).