Up to Five Years of Funding for Biochemist
No 169/2020 from Sep 28, 2020
Sutapa Chakrabarti, who heads a research group at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Freie Universitšt Berlin, has been accepted to the Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). She is working on a project on structural and biochemical insights into the posttranscriptional shutdown of eukaryotic mRNA. With the Heisenberg Programme, the DFG aims to keep particularly talented young professionals in the academic system and to offer them optimal support.
Sutapa Chakrabarti earned a Master of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2001, and in 2007 she earned a doctorate at the University of California San Diego, USA. From 2007 to 2014 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich. In 2014 she was appointed a junior professor at the Institute of Biochemistry at Freie Universitšt Berlin.
The Chakrabarti Lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of the degradation pathways of eukaryotic messenger RNA with the help of biochemical and structural methods. A particular research focus is the elucidation of the composition of messenger ribonucleoproteins (mRNPs), their structure and decay during posttranscriptional gene regulation, and the role of a certain class of molecular motors, the RNA helicases, in these processes.
Sutapa Chakrabarti’s project "Investigation of the molecular mechanisms and the relationship between TTP-mediated mRNA degradation and translation suppression by means of structural and biochemical methods" has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2016 as part of a DFG Priority Programme.