Institute for Physics of Living Systems


Announcing: Dr Andela Saric and Dr Shiladitya Banerjee as our new IPLS Strategic Fellows, joining UCL in 2016

14 December 2015

We are pleased to announce that after an extremely competitive selection process, Dr Andela Saric and Dr Shiladitya Banerjee have been selected are our new IPLS Strategic Fellows. Dr Saric and Dr Banerjee will be joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy and IPLS as new junior group leaders in theoretical biological physics. We would like to thank the faculty involved in conducting the search as well as financial support from the UCL Provost Strategic Development Fund. 

Both Dr Saric and Dr Banerjee are currently recruiting for PhD students to start in September 2016, for more details please see our Opportunities page. 

Andela Saric Profile

Dr Andela Saric

Dr Saric is currently a HFSP postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. She will be moving to UCL in April 2016. Dr Saric's research will focus on computational soft matter and biological physics. More details about Dr Saric's work can be found at her webpage. A few of Dr Saric's recently published papers is below.

A. Šarić, Y. C. Chebaro, T. P. J. Knowles and D. Frenkel, Crucial role of non-specific interactions in amyloid nucleation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111, 17869 (2014). (Highlighted on the HFSP website).

S. A. Mallory, A. Šarić, C. Valeriani and A. Cacciuto, Anomalous thermomechanical properties of fluids of self-propelled particles. Phys. Rev. E  89, 052303 (2014).

B. M. Mognetti§, A. Šarić§, S. Angioletti-Uberti, A. Cacciuto, C. Valeriani and D. Frenkel, Living clusters and crystals from low densities suspensions of active colloids. Phys. Rev.Lett. 111, 245702 (2013). (Editor’s suggestion, highlighted in P. Ball, Physics 6, 134 (2013)).

J. A. Napoli, A. Šarić and A. Cacciuto, Collapsing nanoparticle-laden nanotubesSoft Matter 9, 8881 (2013).

Shiladitya Banerjee profile

Dr Shiladitya Banerjee

Dr Banerjee is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He will be moving to UCL in July 2016. Dr Banerjee's research will focus on cellular biophysics, quantitative biology and soft matter physics. More details about Dr Banerjee's work can be found at his webpage. A few of Dr Banerjee's recent publications is listed below.  

S. Banerjee, N.F. Scherer and A.R. Dinner, "Shape dynamics of growing cell walls", arxiv:1511.0184In Revision (2015). 

J. Notbohm*, S. Banerjee*, K.J.C. Utuje, B. Gweon, H. Jang, Y. Park, J. Shin, J.P. Butler, J.J. Fredberg and M.C. Marchetti, "Cellular contraction and polarization drive collective cellular motions", In Revision(2015). 

S. Banerjee, K.J.C. Utuje and M.C. Marchetti, "Propagating stress waves during epithelial expansion", Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 228101 (2015)Featured in Editor's suggestions.

C.S. Wright*, S. Banerjee*, S. Iyer-Biswas, S. Crosson, A.R. Dinner and N.F. Scherer, "Intergenerational continuity of cell shape dynamics in Caulobacter crescentus", Sci. Rep. 5, 9155 (2015).

E.J. Hemmingway, A. Maitra, S. Banerjee, M.C. Marchetti, S. Ramaswamy, S.M. Fielding and M.E. Cates, "Active Viscoelastic Matter: From Bacterial Drag Reduction to Turulent Solids”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 098302 (2015).