University of Warwick welcomes Professor Satyajit Mayor as its first Leverhulme International Professor
Professor Mayor is a distinguished scholar, an elected member of National Academy of Sciences (USA), the World Academy of Sciences (Trieste), the National Academy of Science (Bengaluru) and the Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi), and an Elected Fellow of EMBO. He is the winner of many national and international prestigious prizes, including the Infosys Prize, and brings a wealth of expertise to his new role at Warwick.
Prior to his appointment to Warwick, Professor Mayor was director of the prestigious National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR) in Bengaluru, India, where he spearheaded world leading research programmes in cell biology, structural biology, plant sciences, ecology, and evolution, with a particular focus on empowering the next generation of biological scientists.
Professor Mayor will develop a research programme on cell surface and cellular interfaces thanks to a £5 million grant by the Leverhulme Trust. Professor Mayor will appoint, nurture, and mentor Assistant Professors, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Assistants to further their research goals.
Professor Satyajit Mayor said: “I am honoured to join the University of Warwick as the Leverhulme International Professor. The University's commitment to research excellence and its vibrant academic community at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMCB), mathematics, physics, and complex systems, provides an ideal environment to foster collaboration and drive groundbreaking discoveries in the research programme that I hope to nucleate. I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside and mentor talented scholars and contribute to advancing knowledge in my field and translate these findings where possible.”
Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Satyajit Mayor to our institution as our first recipient of the prestigious Leverhulme International Professorship.
“His impressive credentials and outstanding contributions, using a combination of biochemistry, cell biology, and soft matter physics approaches, to uncover fundamental mechanisms in the functioning of living matter, make him an invaluable addition to our academic community. Professor Mayor's expertise and research prowess will undoubtedly enrich our research programmes and drive innovation across disciplines”.
Professor Sudhesh Kumar, Dean of Warwick Medical School (where Professor Mayor will be based), also shared his enthusiasm for the appointment: “We are delighted to have Professor Satyajit Mayor join Warwick Medical School. We look forward to working closely with him on interdisciplinary projects that will make significant impact in the field of biomedicine and beyond”.
The recruitment of Professor Satyajit Mayor to the University of Warwick as the Leverhulme International Professor reaffirms the University's commitment to fostering world class research and nurturing exceptional talent in the field of cellular biology.
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