MPG congratulates the new Heads of MPG-DST Partner Group Program 2014. Three new partner groups have been established in 2014. Meet our Partner Group Leaders-
Dr. Swasti Raychaudhuri
Since November 2013, Dr. Swasti Raychaudhuri works at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad as a DBT-Ramalingaswami Re-entry fellow. In February 2014, Dr. Raychaudhuri was appointed as the Head of Max Planck Partner Group at CCMB in collaboration with Prof. Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. Dr. Raychaudhuri completed his PhD in Biotechnology from University of Calcutta in 2008. From 2008-2013, he pursued his post-doctoral research at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried and received Max Planck Society Fellowship for Promotion of Science for his entire period of post-doctoral training. He has been a recipient of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Foundation Day medal for high impact publication in 2010 and of many other national level fellowships during his career till date. He has published in high impact research journals and presented his work at various international conferences. Dr. Raychaudhuri’s lab focuses on studying the protein homeostasis during aging and in age-related degenerative diseases.
Dr. Durgesh Tripathi
Dr. Durgesh Tripathi completed his PhD from the Max Planck Institute of Solar System Research, Göttingen in 2005. He pursued his post-doctoral research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge, UK. During his tenure at DAMTP, he won a prestigious research fellowship at Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge. He received the JSPS Visiting Professorship at Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Kyoto University Japan in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Tripathi was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India and as an Adjunct Scientist at Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Dr. Tripathi also serves as the IAU National Outreach Contact for India since 2013. His research focuses on dynamics and magnetic coupling of the solar atmosphere, solar terrestrial relations, spectroscopy and magneto-hydrodynamics of the sun. Dr. Tripathi has been recently appointed as the Head of Max-Planck Partner Group on Coupling and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere at IUCAA, Pune in collaboration with Prof. Sami K. Solanki, Max Planck Institute of Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany.
Dr. Amreesh Chandra
Dr. Amreesh Chandra is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Dr. Chandra did his Ph.D. in 2004 from the School of Materials Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi. After gaining post- doctoral experience as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany and Research Officer at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, Dr. Chandra joined IIT Kharagpur in 2009. Presently, Dr. Chandra leads the group on Multifunctional and Energy Materials in the Department of Physics. Dr. Chandra’s research group focuses on the physics and chemistry of nanomaterials and their application in technologies ranging from supercapacitors, sensors, photocatalysis and spintronics. He has been the principal investigator in more than four funded projects, coauthored more than 40 research papers and 1 patent. Dr. Chandra and his team have 7 Young Scientist and 4 Best Poster Awards to their credit. As part of the Max Planck Partner Group with the research group of Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, Dr. Chandra’s team aims to develop novel hybrid materials for applications in renewable energy technologies.
Dr. Chandra is also actively involved in the recently established School of Energy Sciences and School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.Dr. Chandra has ongoing collaborations with many other leading national and international research groups. More details can be seen from his website: