Dr Buddhapriya Chakrabarti


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Senior Lecturer in Biological Physics

+44 114 222 3764

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Dr Buddhapriya Chakrabarti
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Hicks Building
Hounsfield Road
S3 7RH

My research interests involve the study of soft and biological matter using techniques of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics, continuum mechanics (including classical field theories) and coarse-grained simulations.

My primary scientific goal involves understanding the interplay of geometry, mechanics, entropy, and charge in dictating physical properties of complex adaptive matter.

I have used these techniques to understand “rheological chaos” in wormlike micelles, study ribbon curling under elastoplastic deformations, unravel mechanics of DNA proteins and other biopolymers.

My most recent interest is on studying migration of small molecules in complex mixtures.

At present I have openings for two PhD studentships and two PDRAs. My current PhD student (Mr. Salvatore Croce) is finishing up his PhD from Durham University.

Career history

  • Senior Lecturer (2017-, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield)
  • Senior Lecturer (2015-2017, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University)
  • Lecturer (2009-2015, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow (2007-2008, Department of Biomathematics, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow (2005-2007, Department of Physics, Harvard University)
  • Postdoctoral research associate (2003-2005, 2008-2009, Department of Physics, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Amherst)
  • PhD (2004) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Research interests
  • Theoretical Soft Matter Physics and Biological Physics
  • Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics
  • Continuum mechanics and Classical field theories
  • Mathematical Physiology

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Conference proceedings papers

  • Hargreaves A, Bull J, Chakrabarti B & Bain C (2017) Flow through oil nanothreads. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 6 August 2017 - 10 August 2017. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Argungu M, Bayram S, Brook B, Chakrabarti B, Clayton RH, Daly DM, Dyson RJ, Holloway C, Manhas V, Naire S , Shearer T et al () Modelling afferent nerve responses to bladder filling. RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Biological Physics Group- Imagine: Imaging Life

Teaching activities
  • PHY 339 Statistical Physics
Professional activities

Member EPSRC Peer Review College