Area of Expertise
Bioenergy, Computational Bioengineering
Dr. Saikat Chakraborty’s research at Plaksha aims to create biofactories that produce bioenergy and high-value biomolecules from algal and lignocellulosic biomass for a sustainable tomorrow on this climate-altered planet, and to construct digital twins of human physiological systems for computational bioengineering of multiscale diseases.
His PhD in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Houston involved developing a new spatial averaging technique by employing the Liapunov-Schmidt method of the classical bifurcation theory, while his post-doctoral research at University of Texas Medical School was focused on computational multiscale modelling of the human lungs and pulmonary disorders. His research at IIT Kharagpur – where, until recently, he was an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the principal investigator of the DBT-Pan IIT Center for Bioenergy, and the PK Sinha Center for Bioenergy and Renewables – not only explored computational multiscale modelling of biological systems, but also led to experimental innovations of rapid cost-effective lignocellulosic and algal biofuel processes, on which he has authored five patents and many high-impact publications, and supervised six doctoral dissertations.
Prof. Chakraborty has received the Sigma Xi Research Achievement Award from the University of Houston, the Young Engineers Award from The Institute of Engineers (India), and was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. He is an honorary member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (Sustainability Section). His literary fiction and essays have appeared in Asia Literary Review, Tablet, Northeast Review, and Outlook India.