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Prof. Dr. Anupam Sengupta

Anupam Sengupta

Assistant professor, FNR ATTRACT Fellow

Academic Area(s) Physics / Biology / Engineering
Research Topics Physics of living matter, Experimental biophysics, Biomechanics, Theoretical ecology, Complex fluids, Thermofluidics, Material science, Medical technologies, Environmental solutions
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine
Department Department of Physics and Materials Science
Postal Address Campus Limpertsberg, Université du Luxembourg
162 A, avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg
Campus Office BS 3.08B
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6733
Social Media & Blogs
Speaks English, German, Hindi, Bengali
Research Stays in Germany, Slovenia, USA, Switzerland

Anupam Sengupta joined the University of Luxembourg in May 2018 as an ATTRACT Fellow, kicking off experimental biophysics research activities within the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit (PHYMS). Anupam is supported with the prestigious FNR ATTRACT Starting Investigator Grant for his proposal "MBRACE - Microbial Biophysics of Rapid Adaptation in Changing Environments".

Out of ten proposals received in the framework of the ATTRACT call 2016/17, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) selected Anupam Sengupta as Starting Investigator, allocating a total budget of 1.5 million euros to his project MBRACE (see FNR article published in 2017). 

Anupam heads the Physics of Living Matter Group, interfacing research activities between the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit (PHYMS), the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH). Using a cross-disciplinary approach, Anupam’s team studies biological processes and systems under changing environments, with a particular focus on the role of geometry, order and topology in living matter.

Anupam holds a Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India. He received PhD in Physics for his work on Liquid Crystal Microfluidics, carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization Göttingen (MPG), Germany (2009-2012). After a brief postdoc stay in Göttingen, Anupam moved to MIT, USA as a Human Frontiers Cross-Disciplinary Fellow to work on biophysical processes in marine environments. Since fall 2015, he was based at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to microbial ecology (on Earth), Anupam studies the behaviour of microorganisms in zero and hyper gravity conditions (using parabolic flights). He is an enthusiastic educator, and regularly organises scientific workshops and outreach activities at the interface of physics, biology and engineering.

More information: https://sites.google.com/site/anupamsengupta 

FNR Luxembourg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ibLGXBuoA

TEDx University of Luxembourg:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_dQ0RePpJ8

ATTRACT Fellow, People behind the science:https://www.fnr.lu/research-with-impact-fnr-highlight/fnr-attract-fellows-anupam-sengupta/

Last updated on: Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Program Director, Bachelor of Physics Program, University of Luxembourg

05/2018 - 
Head of the Physics of Living Matter Group
ATTRACT Fellow, Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg
Professor within the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit , University of Luxembourg

01/2014 - 05/2018
Cross-Disciplinary FellowHuman Frontier Science Program 
Environmental Microfluidics Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland 

01/2013 - 12/2013
Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization, Göttingen, Germany

06/2009 - 12/2012
PhD in Physicssumma cum laude
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization, Göttingen, Germany
PhD Thesis: Nematic Liquid Crystals and Nematic Colloids in Microfluidic Environment 

08/2008 - 05/2009
Application Engineer
FMP Technology GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

07/2003 - 07/2008
Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Last updated on: 23 Feb 2022

  • ATTRACT Starting Investigator Grant, Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg, 07/2017
  • Young Scientists and the Future: Documentaries by NATURE, 09/2015
  • 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Interdisciplinary Sciences, Lindau, Germany, 07/2015 (upon nomination by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization)
  • Invited Young Scientist: Discover Research in Baden Württemberg, BW-i, Germany, 07/2015 
  • Glenn H. Brown Prize, International Liquid Crystal Society, 2014
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship, Human Frontiers in Science Program, 2014 - 2017
  • DFG Research Fellowship, German Science Foundation, 2014 - 2016 (gratefully declined/retracted)
  • Global Young Scientists Summit, National Research Foundation Singapore, 01/2014 (gratefully declined)
  • Berliner-Ungewitter Prize, University of Göttingen, 2013
  • Springer Thesis Award for outstanding doctoral thesis, 2013
  • Outstanding doctoral research award, Convocation of the University of Göttingen, 2013
  • summa cum laude for PhD thesis, Faculty of Physics, University of Göttingen, 12/2012
  • ITN ' HIERARCHY' Fellowship, Marie Curie Actions, 2009 - 2012
  • Invited internship to Erlangen, Germany, 05/2007 - 07 /2007
  • Merit-cum-Means scholarship, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, 2003 - 2007
  • Certificate of Excellence in community service, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, 2006 and 2007
  • Amiable Leadership Award of the class of 1999, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar, 1999

Last updated on: 30 May 2018

Last updated on: 23 Feb 2022

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