Robert T Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biological Engineering
Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences (IMES)
Graduate Admissions Officer (Chem-E)
Arup K. Chakraborty is the Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Biological Engineering at MIT. He is the founding Director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). He is also a founding member of the Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH, and Harvard, which is focused on multi-disciplinary approaches to understand human immunology and develop a vaccine against HIV and other scourges on the planet. After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, and postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in December 1988. He rose through the ranks, and ultimately served as the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Biophysics at Berkeley. He was also Head of Theoretical and Computational Biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2005, Dr. Chakraborty moved to MIT.
For over twelve years, the central theme of his research has been the development and application of theoretical/computational approaches, rooted in physics and engineering, to study how T lymphocytes, orchestrators of the adaptive immune response, function. In recent years, this has included efforts to study the human immune response to HIV and vaccine design. A characteristic of his work is the impact of his studies on experimental immunology and clinical studies (he collaborates extensively with leading immunologists). Dr. Chakraborty’s work at the interface of the physical, life, and engineering sciences has been recognized by many honors that include a 2006 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the E.O. Lawrence Memorial Award for Life Sciences (USDOE), an Allan P. Colburn Award and Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, a Miller Research Professorship, and an NSF Young Investigator award. Dr. Chakraborty is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.