Speaker: Utpal Banerjee
Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Life Sciences, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Co-Director, Broad Stem Cell Research
Director, Biomedical Research Minor, UCLA College
Title: Paths, Pathways and Stress Response in Drosophila Blood Cell Development
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue: AC04-010 (LH) Library Building and Zoom (Hybrid Mode)
Meeting ID: 994 5187 9657
About the Speaker: Utpal Banerjee is the Irving and Jean Stone Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles with a joint appointment in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as Co-Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and as Director of the UCLA Interdepartmental Minor in Biomedical Research. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
A native of New Delhi, India, Prof. Banerjee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India, and obtained his Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. In 1984, he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. His transition into Biology was earmarked by his postdoctoral research training with Dr. Seymour Benzer at Caltech where he initiated research in molecular neurogenetics of eye development in Drosophila. At UCLA, Prof. Banerjee’s laboratory has worked on several oncogenic and metabolic signals that are important in development and disease. His laboratory studies the effects of systemic signals on the maintenance of blood progenitors in Drosophila. He also studies the role of metabolic pathways in the control of proliferation and differentiation in the preimplantation mouse embryo.