2024 Recipient

2024 Early Career Award for Biological Physics

Dr. Shiladitya Banerjee
Carnegie Mellon University


For developing innovative theories and data-driven mechanochemical models rooted in soft matter and non-equilibrium statistical physics that advance our understanding of cellular mechanobiology, tissue mechanics, and cytoskeletal dynamics."


Shiladitya Banerjee is an Associate Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on developing quantitative theory and data-driven models to understand how the internal structures and machineries of a living cell impacts its mechanics, movement, and ability to communicate with other cells. Banerjee earned his undergraduate degree at Chennai Mathematical Institute, India, and completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Syracuse University in 2013. His doctoral work was recognized with the APS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, Banerjee joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy at University College London as a Group Leader in 2016. In 2020, Banerjee joined Carnegie Mellon as an Assistant Professor of Physics. Banerjee has been a recipient of various awards including the EPSRC New Investigator Award, Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Human Frontiers Science Program Young Investigator grant and an NIH MIRA award.