Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and the College
Sampriti Mukherjee works to understand how bacteria decode and integrate self-generated (such as quorum-sensing signals) and environmentally derived (such as light) stimuli to control transitions between individual and collective behaviors. Her laboratory uses bacterial genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microfluidics, fluorescence microscopy, and genome-scale studies to study fundamental questions about bacterial signal detection, relay, and integration, and also the consequences to collective behaviors. Understanding how information encoded in diverse sensory inputs drives collective behaviors will be foundational for designing successful synthetic strategies to enhance or inhibit biofilms and for developing novel therapeutic interventions.
Her research has been published in journals that include PLOS Biology, PLOS Pathogens, Advanced Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Scientific Reports.
Mukherjee received her PhD in biology from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Previously, she held a Life Sciences Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.