IAS Scholars

IAS Visiting Professor

Arup Chakraborty

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prof Arup Chakraborty was born in India, and immigrated to the US in 1983 after his undergraduate study at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur). In December 1988, after earning a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he became a member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2005 he moved to MIT, where he is currently the Robert T Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry.

Chakraborty is the founding Director of MIT's Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, and he is a founding member of the Ragon Institute of MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard. He was elected a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering for different bodies of work, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves on the US Defense Science Board.

\\  The necessary conditions for scientific discovery and innovation are curiosity, persistence, insistence on excellence and rigor, and the willingness to think in unconventional ways.  \\

Research Focus

For over seventeen years, the central theme of Chakraborty's research has been the development and application of theoretical and computational approaches, rooted in physics and engineering, to study how the immune system functions. His interests span T cell signaling, T cell development and repertoire, and a mechanistic understanding of HIV evolution and vaccine design.

Collaboration with HKUST

Chakraborty has teamed up with Prof I-Ming Hsing and Prof Matthew McKay of Biomedical Engineering and lAS Junior Fellow Raymond Louie to analyze DNA and RNA sequences for different viruses,such as influenza, hepatitis C and HIV so that more effective drug and vaccines can be designed. While visiting HKUST last December, he also delivered an IAS Distinguished Lecture on the Rational Design of Vaccines against Mutable Pathogens: HIV as a Case Study at the HKUST Faculty Forum on Computational Health Sciences.