Utpal Banerjee

Utpal Banerjee (born 1957) is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and obtained his Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. In 1984, he obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology where he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1984-1988.

Banerjee joined UCLA in 1988 as an Assistant Professor and attained the rank of Full Professor in 1994 in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology[1]. He became Vice-Chair of that department in 1998 and Chair in 2001. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Biological Chemistry[2] at the David Geffen School of Medicine[3] and is also Co-Director of the UCLA Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine[4]. Banerjee teaches courses in genetics that encourage undergraduates to participate in research[5] and he is the Director of the UCLA Interdepartmental Minor in Biomedical Research[6]. He has also taught many genetics and developmental biology classes to undergraduate and graduate students. He is among 20 professors nationally to be awarded a $1 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute[7][8] to creatively improve undergraduate science teaching.


1. ^ http://www.mcdb.ucla.edu/indivfaculty.php?FacultyKey=936 Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA
2. ^ http://faculty.biolchem.ucla.edu/institution/personnel?personnel_id=45521 Department of Biological Chemistry, UCLA
3. ^ http://dgsom.healthsciences.ucla.edu/institution/personnel?personnel_id=45521 David Geffen School of Medicine
4. ^ http://www.iscbm.ucla.edu/people/banerjee_u.htm UCLA Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine
5. ^ http://www.hhmi.org/news/professor-banerjee.html Learning to Think Like a Scientist
6. ^ http://www.biomedresearchminor.ucla.edu/faculty.php Minor in Biomedical Research, UCLA
7. ^ http://www.hhmi.org/news/091802.html Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Million-Dollar Professors
8. ^ http://www.hhmi.org/grants/professors/banerjee.html True Functional Genomics as an Undergraduate Research Experience

External links

* Banerjee Lab website

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