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Ruma Banerjee

Vincent Massey Collegiate Professor and Associate Chair, Biological Chemistry, Medical School, University of Michigan

Ph.D. Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr.Banerjee is Professor of, and the Associate Chair for, Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan (UM). She represents the University on Ashoka’s Academic Council, as a part of the collaboration between the two institutions.

Dr. Banerjee has been at the University of Michigan since 2001. Her interests are in the chemical biology of mammalian sulfur metabolism, structural enzymology of human B12 trafficking proteins and enzymes involved in H2S biogenesis and catabolism, redox signaling in immune and neuroimmune function.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Dr. Banerjee was at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was the Will Cather Professor of Biochemistry in the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources. While at the UNL she won a $10 million award from the National Institutes of Health to establish and direct the Nebraska Center for Redox Biology.

Dr.Banerjee is also the recipient of the Established Investigator Award, given by the American Heart Association (2000) and of the prestigious Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, given by the American Chemical Society (2001). She has been published widely across numerous publications in the biological and chemical sciences.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Botany from Delhi Univerity before she went to the Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, one of the oldest technological research institutions in the United States, to earn her Ph.D. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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