Rumi De

Associate Professor
Dept: Physical Sciences (DPS), Biological Sciences (DBS)
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Research Interest:

Our group aims at addressing emergent problems in the interdisciplinary areas of physics and biology by using the tools from statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, and soft condensed matter physics. Our main focus is to develop theoretical and computational models to understand the underlying dynamics of active, out of equilibrium systems at various length and time scales spanning over subcellular processes to collective organizations of species.

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Physics), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2006


  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Assitant Professor, IISER Kolkata (2010 - 2019)
  3. Visiting Scientist, Southampton University, Southampton, UK (2010 - 2010)
  4. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University, Providence, USA (2008 - 2009)
  5. Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (2006 - 2008)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Young Investigator Award from 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, Singapore (2010)
  2. Feinberg Graduate Postdoctoral Fellowship from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2006)
  3. One of the best participants award in seventh workshop on nonlinear dynamics and earthquake predicti from ICTP, Trieste, Italy (2003)
  4. National Eligibility Test (NET) from University Grants Commission, Govt. of India (1999)

Selected Publications:

  1. Chakraborty, Dipanjan; Bhunia, Sanchayan and De, Rumi. 2020."Survival chances of a prey swarm: how the cooperative interaction range affects the outcome." Scientific Reports, 10, 8362
  2. De, Partho Sakha and De, Rumi. 2019."Stick-slip dynamics of migrating cells on viscoelastic substrates." Phys. Rev. E , 100, 12409
  3. Mukhopadhyay, Debangana and De, Rumi. 2019."Aggregation dynamics of active cells on non-adhesive substrate." Physical Biology, 16, 46006
  4. De, Rumi. 2018."A general model of focal adhesion orientation dynamics in response to static and cyclic stretch." Communications Biology, 1, 81
  5. De, Rumi; Zemel, A. and Safran, S. A.. 2007."Dynamics of cell orientation." Nature Physics, 3, 655-659

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