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 physics, nonlinear dynamics, elasticity, and soft condensed matter physics.

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. De, Partho Sakha and De, Rumi. 2019."Stick-slip dynamics of migrating cells on viscoelastic substrates." Phys. Rev. E , 100, 12409
  2. Mukhopadhyay, Debangana and De, Rumi. 2019."Aggregation dynamics of active cells on non-adhesive substrate." Physical Biology, 16, 46006
  3. De, Rumi. 2019."Cell Mechanosensing: Response of Living Cells to Their Mechanical Environment." Resonance - Journal of Science Education, 24, 289-296
  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.. 2010."Theoretical concepts and models of cellular mechanosensing.." Methods in Cell Biology, 98, 143-175

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