Swanson School of Engineering
Where did you train for you career? My graduate training is in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University, during which I was studying fuel combustion. My post-doctoral training was in Harvard Medical School where I was studying embryonic stem cell differentiation. In my current research I apply similar mathematical principles used to study fuel combustion towards understanding stem cell differentiation.
What are your favorite aspects of your job? Research- new discoveries, the people and traveling.
What are some of your recent personal goals? Discover a new gene for flowering plants, clone urban trees, build a poisonous plant database, find a new cancer medicine in Rutaceae.
Bio: Professor Banerjee’s research interest focuses on the area of process systems engineering and optimization and their applications in different chemical and bio-engineering problems. She is currently developing novel methods for differentiating embryonic stem cells to the pancreatic lineage and applying systems engineering principles in analyzing the regulatory network of the differentiating cell population.
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2005
Post-doctoral Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2005-2008