Amitabha Chattopadhyay

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Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Born (1956-10-09) 9 October 1956 (age 61)
West Bengal, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater IIT Kanpur, University of California, Davis
Scientific career
Fields Biology
Institutions Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Amitabha Chattopadhyay is a molecular biologist.[1] He holds an M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur, a doctorate in Philosophy from State University of New York, (SUNY) at Stony Brook and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis. In 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry of the United Kingdom [2]

He is positioned as a J.C. Bose Fellow, Outstanding Scientist at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Dean of Biological Sciences at the Academy for Scientific and Innovative Research. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Special Center for Molecular Medicine - Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Mohali. He is the honorary faculty member at Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, in Bangalore

He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, in 2001, in the Biological sciences category.[3]

Honours and Awards [4][edit]

  • TWAS Prize (2016)[5]
  • Prof. G.N. Ramachandran 60th Birthday Commemoration Medal (2015)
  • Dr. R.A. Mashelkar Endowment Lecture, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (2015)
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Applied Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Adjunct Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai, India)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Adjunct Professor, Institute of Life Sciences (Hyderabad, India)
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry (2013)
  • University of Manitoba Distinguished Visiting Lecturer (2013)
  • Prof. Anil K. Lala Memorial Lecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2013)
  • Indo-Australia Senior Scientist Visiting Fellowship (2012)
  • Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Lecture, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh (2011)
  • Founder’s Day Lecture, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (2011)
  • Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture Award (CRSI) (2011)
  • Member, Academy for Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) Senate (2011)
  • Fellow, West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (2010)
  • CSIR Foundation Day Lecture (IICB, Kolkata) 2010
  • J.C. Bose Fellowship (DST) 2008
  • The Bires Chandra Guha Memorial Lecture (INSA) 2008
  • Ranbaxy Research Award (Medical Sciences - Basic Research) 2007
  • Bimala Churn Law Memorial Lecture (IACS, Kolkata) 2007
  • Dozor Visiting Fellow, Ben Gurion University, Israel (2006)
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, Special Centre for Molecular Medicine Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India)
  • Honorary Faculty Member, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore, India)
  • Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Mohali, India)
  • TWAS-UNESCO Associateship (2003)
  • Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (2003)
  • International Travel Grant (Biophysical Society, U.S.A.) (2002)
  • Wellcome Trust Fellowship (2002)
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Biological Sciences (2001) (by the Prime Minister of India for Outstanding Research Achievements)
  • Sreenivasaya Memorial Award (Society of Biological Chemists, India) (2000)
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (1999)
  • Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India (1998)
  • Member, Guha Research Conference (1997)
  • Raman Research Fellowship (1996)
  • Wood/Whelan Fellowship (1992)
  • International Union of Biochemistry (IUB) Travel Fellowship (1991)
  • Samuel A. Talbot Award (Biophysical Society, U.S.A.) (1986)
  • Devaprabhakara Memorial Award (Chemical Society, IIT Kanpur) (1979)
  • MCM Fellowship (IIT Kanpur) (1978-80)

Research Interests[edit]

  • Membrane organization and dynamics using the wavelength-selective fluorescence approach
  • Organization, dynamics and lipid-protein interactions of the serotonin1A receptor: implications in health and disease
  • Monitoring organization and dynamics of the serotonin1A receptor in live cells utilizing dynamic fluorescence microscopy (FRAP/FCS/SPT)
  • Role of membrane cholesterol and the actin cytoskeleton in leishmaniasis
  • Novel organization of cholesterol in membranes at low concentrations: Effects of curvature stress and membrane thickness


  1. ^ "Members: View: Amitabha Chattopadhyay". 1956-10-09. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ Scientist elected Fellow of RRSC - Business Line
  3. ^ "Ramesh Sonti:City scientist gets Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award". Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
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  5. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016.