Research Interests: She Is Initiating Research On The Exciting Areas Of Complex Systems And Biological Physics At Ahmedabad University, And Intends To Teach Courses On These Topics In Addition To Other Courses In Physics.
Sutapa Mukherji is a physicist with primary research interest in the area of Complex Systems and Biological Physics.
Sutapa received her doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics from Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, and subsequently she joined University of Cologne, Germany as post-doctoral scholar where she worked on disordered high temperature superconductors. In a second post-doctoral stay at the University of Essen, Germany, she was involved in developing field theoretic methods to understand phase transitions in semi-infinite systems. Sutapa served as a faculty in the department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for about seventeen years. During these years at IITs, she taught extensively at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
She applies various tools of statistical mechanics to study driven many particle systems which have strong connections with intracellular transport processes. Recently, she has developed a strong interest in understanding functions of gene-regulatory networks. Her primary aim is to understand the relation between the network design and the functional characterisitcs of networks.
Sutapa’s research interest is broadly around the general theme of understanding different types of nonequilibrium processes some of which have strong connections with processes inside the biological cell. Specific topics include