Utpal Banerjee, Ph.D.


Chair, and Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Co-Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research

Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biological Chemistry

Member, Brain Research Institute

Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area

Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area

JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program Area

Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area


Awards and Honors:

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elected Fellow

Drosophila Board Elected President

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Award

University of Jerusalem, Israel Professor Mager Memorial Lecturer

UCLA Dean's Recognition Award

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Award

UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize

UCLA Today One of the Top 20 Professors of the Bruin Century

University of North Carolina Kalfayan Memorial Lecture

Margaret E. Early Research Trust Award

UCLA Eby Award for the Art of Teaching

UCLA Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Investigator Award

American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award

UCLA Department of Biology Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award

McKnight Foundation Scholars Award

Life Sciences Research Foundation Burroughs Welcome Fund Fellow

India Institute of Technology, Kanpur Certificate of Merit

Delphi University Sheshadri Memorial Award

National Paper Reading Prize

National Science Talent Award

Del E. Web Postdoctoral Fellowship

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 206-3987
Lab Number: 310-825-2980
Office Phone Number: 310-206-5439

Work Address:

610 Charles E Young Drive East
Mail Code 723905
Los Angeles, CA 90095
610 Charles E Young Drive East
Mail Code 723905
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Utpal Banerjee is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology at UCLA and Co-Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center. In 2000, the University named Utpal as one of the "Best 20 Professors" of the "Bruin Century". He was further distinguished with the Luckman and Gold Shield Awards, the highest research and teaching awards in any subject, including humanities and social sciences, at UCLA. Dr. Banerjee is among 20 professors nationally to be awarded a $1 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to creatively improve undergraduate science teaching. The grant has generously funded the UCLA Undergraduate Research Consortium in Functional Genomics (URCFG). Utpal has a joint appointments in Biological Chemistry where he teaches advanced Genetics courses. Utpal received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Caltech. His successful transition into Biology was earmarked by his postdoctoral research training with Dr. Seymour Benzer at Caltech where he initiated research in molecular neurogenetics of eye development in Drosophila and worked on the sevenless locus. As a scientist and professor, he is a dedicated and an accomplished researcher in the fields of Drosophila genetics and developmental biology. His current research interests are in signal transduction and transcriptional control of neural and hematopoietic development. Earlier work from Utpal's laboratory identified the son of sevenless (sos) gene that participates in all RTK signaling pathways. Currently his laboratory is identifying novel means by which different signal transduction cascades combine to distinguish between neural and non-neural cell types in the Drosophila eye. They have also made critical discoveries in identifying transcription factors and signaling components that are responsible for the hematopoiesis in Drosophila. Using Drosophila as a genetic model, they hope to identify basic molecular strategies that are conserved in development across species. Prof. Banerjee has authored many publications and review articles. He has served on several NIH Genetics Study Sections and has been a Scientific Advisor to several private companies and foundations. He has contributed prominently to both the academic and scientific community at UCLA. Utpal, his lovely wife, Arpita, and their fantastic kids, Mohini and Vivek, live in Los Angeles.