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Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry
BioAhanjit Bhattacharya is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Steven Boxer at the Department of Chemistry. His core philosophy of research is "learning through building". Ahanjit carried out his doctoral research at the University of California San Diego. He worked on designing artificial cellular systems from fundamental building blocks. He also has a deep interest in understanding the origins and evolution of life. Ahanjit's major accomplishments are development of lipid compartments as programmable synthetic cells and organelles, and development of minimal biochemical strategies for synthesis of membrane-forming lipids. His experience with lipid materials inspired him to gain expertise in the area of membrane biophysics. Currently, Ahanjit is working on physical mechanisms of fusion of enveloped viruses with lipid membranes. He is also trying to understand structure-function relationships in complex archaeal lipids. He uses a host of biophysical tools which includes X-ray scattering, single particle microscopy, and electron microscopy. Ahanjit is passionate about communicating science and making it a transformational force for betterment of society and humanity.