Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biological Engineering
Cell-cell recognition in immunology, T-cell biology and human immune response to HIV, membranes, statistical mechanics, computational immunology
Arup K. Chakraborty is the Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biological Engineering at MIT and a founding member of the Ragon Institute of MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard.
After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware and completing postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in December 1988. He rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biophysics at Berkeley. He was also head of theoretical and computational biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Chakraborty moved to MIT in September 2005. His research over the past 10 years has focused on developing and applying theoretical and computational approaches to studying the function of T lymphocytes, orchestrators of the adaptive immune response. A characteristic of his work is its impact on experimental immunology, and more recently, clinical studies (he collaborates extensively with leading immunologists). Chakraborty’s work at the interface of the physical, life and engineering sciences has been recognized with many honors, including an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the E. O. Lawrence Memorial Award for Life Sciences, the Allan P. Colburn and Professional Progress awards of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a Miller Research Professorship, and a National Young Investigator Award. Chakraborty is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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