Satyajit Mayor

Satyajit Mayor

National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS) Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), India

Prof. Satyajit Mayor is an Indian cell biologist. He serves as the Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, and Chair of the Bangalore Life Science Cluster.  With an M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Bombay, and Ph.D. in Life Sciences from The Rockefeller University, New York, his postdoctoral training was at Columbia University, New York.

The broad aim of Prof. Mayor’s laboratory is to provide an understanding of Life at the Cell’s Edge by understanding the mechanisms behind cell membrane structure and organization, and endocytic processes in metazoan cells.

He is a Foreign Member of National Academy of Science (USA) and foreign fellow of EMBO,  and a fellow of Indian National Science Academy, and National Academy of Science, India.  He is a recipient of Margadarshi Fellowship from the DBT-Wellcome trust India Alliance, the TWAS prize in Biology, Infosys Prize in Life Sciences, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, and other prestigious awards. He also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several companies as well as is a Director of CCAMP, a science based technology provider and incubator, Science Gallery, and Permionics, a membrane manufacturing company.


  • Prof. Satyajit Mayor will present his work on
    Life at the Cell’s edge: the cell surface is a programmable membrane composite

The membrane of the living cell acts as an interface between the cell and its external milieu. It serves as a dynamic conduit for information transduction and response, and well as a semi permeable barrier. It is composed of membrane lipids and protein in the form of a bilayer. Unlike an artificial membrane, the cell membrane is a highly organized system, with specific components in states that are far away from chemical equilibrium.  I will present our current understanding of how the regulates this organization and discuss implications of how this organization inform the function of the living cell membrane.