Faculty Biography

Professor Ranjan Mukhopadhyay

Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: 213 BioPhysics
Phone: 508-793-7175
Email: RMukhopadhyay@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Mukhopadhyay received his M.Sc. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1998, and did postdoctoral work at Simon Fraser University and the University of Pennsylvania. He spent two years at NEC Laboratories in Princeton before joining Clark in 2003.

Teaching and Research

Mr. Mukhopadhyay is a condensed matter theorist whose major research interests have shifted to problems at the interface between physics and biology. He is fascinated by the mysteries of life at the meso-scale; the central goal of his biophysical research is to uncover the physical and organizational principles that arise at scales between atoms and organisms. His current research activities include bacterial biophysics and determination of bacterial cell shapes, the physics of biomembranes and the interplay of geometry, elasticity, and spatial organization, modeling the remarkable nonlinear response of biomimetic liquid crystalline materials, and stability and noise in biochemical and genetic networks.

Selected Publications

K.C. Huang, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, B. Wen, Z. Gitai, and Ned S. Wingreen, "Cell shape and cell-wall organization in Gram-negative bacteria," Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105, 19281-19286 (2008).

Hui Wang, Ned S. Wingreen, and Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, "Self-organized periodic positioning of protein clusters in growing bacteria," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 218101(4 pages), (2008).

"Mechanical Basis of Shapes and Shape Transformations of Red Blood Cells," G. Lim, M. Wortis, and R. Mukhopadhyay, 168 pages, invited article in Soft Matter: Volume 4: Lipid Bilayers and Red Blood Cells, Wiley VCH (2008).

"Particle-hole symmetry and the dirty boson problem," P. Weichman and R. Mukhopadhyay, Phys. Rev. B 77, 214516 (39 pages), (2008).

"Lipid localization in bacteria through curvature-mediated microphase separation," R. Mukhopadhyay, K.C. Huang, and N.S. Wingreen, Biophysical J. 95, 1034-49 (2008).

"Exponential sensitivity of noise-driven switching in genetic networks," P. Mehta, R. Mukhopadhyay, and N.S. Wingreen, Phys. Biol. 16, 026005 (6 pages), (2008).

"Semi-soft Nematic Elastomers and Nematics in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields," F. Ye, R. Mukhopadhyay, O. Stenull, and T. C. Lubensky, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 147801 (4 pages), (2007).

"A curvature-mediated mechanism for localization of lipids to bacterial poles," K.C. Huang, R. Mukhopadhyay, and N.S. Wingreen, PLoS Computational Biology 2, e15, 1357-1364 (2006).

"Optimal path to epigenetic switching," D.M. Roma, R. A. Flanagan, A. E. Ruckenstein, A. M. Sengupta, and R. Mukhopadhyay, Phys. Rev. E 71, 011902 (5 pages), (2005).