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BM was born in Howrah on 26th January 1987. He obtained his B.Sc. degree with honors in Chemistry from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, the University of Calcutta in 2007 and an M.Sc. degree in chemistry from IIT Kanpur in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Herbert Mayr from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. In 2013, he moved to Molecular Catalyst Research Center in Japan for post-doctoral studies in the group of Professor Hisashi Yamamoto. In 2015, he moved to Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany with  Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in the group of Professor Frank Glorious. In July 2016, he joined the Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Kolkata as an assistant professor and in May 2021, he has been promoted to associate professor. His research focuses on organic synthesis covering asymmetric catalysis, the development of new methodology, and natural product synthesis.

Academic background

  • Ph.D. (2012). Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.             (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Herbert Mayr,) Grade: Summa cum laude

  • M.Sc. (2009). Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT K), India       (M.Sc. thesis supervisor: Prof. Manas. K. Ghorai)

  • B.Sc. (2007). Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, University of Calcutta, India

Professional Career

  • Associate Professor (Since May 2021)                                                      Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India

  • Assistant Professor (July 2016-May 2021).                                                      Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India

  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellowship (2016) Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Frank Glorius)

  • Postdoctoral Research (2013-2015). Molecular Catalyst Research Center, Japan  (Supervisor: Professor Hisashi Yamamoto)

Dr. Biplab Maji

Department of Chemical Sciences

IISER Kolkata

Tel +91-33-61360000 (extn. 1264)



Nadia, WB, India


  • 2021: "2021 Young Investigator Award ", Sponsored by Molecules

  • 2021: Merck Young Scientist Award (runner-up) in Chemical Science

  • 2021: INSA Medal for Young Scientists

  • 2021: Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc)

  • 2020: NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (2020) in Chemical Sciences

  • 2019: Thieme Journal Award

  • 2017: Early Career Research Award, DST-SERB

  • 2016: INSPIRE Faculty Award, DST

  • 2015: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2013: "Förderpreis 2013" for best Ph.D. thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • 2012: Award of the Dr. Klus Römer-Stiftung for Ph.D. students

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