भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान गोवा

Dr. Mantu Santra

Assistant Professor

Chemistry Department




Areas of Research
Theoretical and computational Biophysical Chemistry, Structure and dynamics of fluids, Phase transition and polymorphism, Statistical Mechanics, Mathematical modeling in systems biology.
Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Aug 2008 - Mar 2013, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • M. Sc. Chemistry, Aug 2005 - Jul 2008, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • B. Sc. (Hons) Chemistry, Aug 2002 - Jul 2005, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur, University of Calcutta.

Professional Appointments

  • Post doctoral Research Associate, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, Dec 2018 - Dec 2019.
  • Post doctoral Research Associate, Stony Brook University, New York, USA, Sep 2013 - Aug 2018.

Representative Publications
  • Proteostasis collapse is a driver of cell aging and death, M. Santra, K. A. Dill and A. M. R. de Gra?, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci, USA 116 (44), 22173-22178 (2019)
  • Polymorph selection during crystallization of a model colloidal ?uid with a free energy landscape containing a metastable solid, M. Santra*, R. S. Singh and B. Bagchi*, Phys. Rev. E 98, 032606 (2018) (*Co-corresponding author)
  • How do chaperones protect a cell's proteins from oxidative damage? M. Santra*, K. A. Dill and A. M. R. de Gra?, Cell Systems 6, 743 (2018) (*Corresponding author)
  • Bacterial proteostasis balances energy and chaperone utilization e?ciently, M. Santra, D. W. Farrell and K. A. Dill, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci, USA 114, E2654-E2661 (2017)
  • Nucleation of a Stable Solid from Melt in the Presence of Multiple Metastable Intermediate Phases: Wetting, Ostwald Step Rule and Vanishing Polymorphs, M. Santra, R. S. Singh and B. Bagchi, J. Phys. Chem. B 117, 13154 (2013)
  • Catalysis of tRNA-Aminoacylation: Single Turnover to Steady State Kinetics of tRNASynthetases, M. Santra and B. Bagchi, J. Phys. Chem. B. 116, 11809 (2012)
  • Gas-Liquid Nucleation in Two Dimensional System, M. Santra, S. Chakrabarty and B. Bagchi, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 234704 (2008)
    Recognition and Awards

    • DST Inspire Faculty Fellowship (2014)
    • The Toulouse Medal for best Ph.D. thesis, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science (2013).