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Dr. Satyajit Mayor

Distinguished Alumnus
2013
Dr. Satyajit Mayor
M.Sc., Chemistry, 1985

Dr. Satyajit Mayor is an M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Bombay in 1985. Later, he obtained his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from Rockefeller University, New York.

Dr. Mayor has worked in the Department of Pathology at Columbia University and has taught at the Woods Hole Microscopy Course. He is currently faculty of the Woods Hole Physiology Course (2011- 2013). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University (1991- 95).

At NCBS, Dr. Mayor has taken a multidisciplinary approach combining cell biology with physics and chemistry to study the organization and endocytic trafficking of membrane lipids, transmembrane and lipid-anchored proteins in membranes of living cells. The trajectory of this work has led him to explore the fine structure of the plasma membrane, combining ideas from soft-matter and membrane biophysics. He also utilises tools of molecular genetics to explore the implications of these findings in the construction of signalling platforms and endocytic pathways, and the roles they may play in building up tissue architectures.

Dr. Mayor serves on the editorial boards of several international journals such as Biochemical Journal, Journal of Cell Science, and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Integrative Biology and a few others. He also serves on the scientific board of a number of companies in the Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering fields and is a founding member of India Biosciences, an organization aimed at building up the biological sciences community in India. He is a founding Director of C-CAMP (Centre for Cell and Molecular Platforms), a not-for profit company that serves to develop new technologies and support core facilities. He is a featured speaker at a web-seminar series called iBioSeminars.

Dr. Mayor has received many awards and accolades including the Infosys Prize for Life Sciences (2012), TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) Prize in Biology (2010), the J.C. Bose Fellowship by DST(2006-16), the Swarnajayanti Fellowship by DST (2003-08), the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2003), the Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellow (1999-2004), and the Helen Hays Whitney Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1992-95). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2001) and of the Indian National Academy of Sciences (2004). Dr. Mayor has been nominated to the Council of the American Society of Cell Biology.