Sujit Datta

Sujit Datta is an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. He earned a BA in Mathematics and Physics and an MS in Physics in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania, and then a PhD in Physics in 2013 from Harvard, where he studied fluid dynamics and instabilities in soft and disordered media. His postdoctoral training was in Chemical Engineering at Caltech, where he studied the biophysics of the gut with Rustem Ismagilov. Datta joined Princeton in 2017, where his lab studies the fascinating behaviors manifested by soft (“squishy”) and living systems in complex environments. He also actively leads outreach efforts in STEM to bring together diverse perspectives and provides access to researchers from traditionally under-represented groups in studies of soft and living systems. Altogether, this work has been recognized by awards from a broad range of different communities, reflecting its multidisciplinary nature, including through the NSF CAREER Award, Pew Biomedical Scholar Award, AIChE 35 Under 35 Award, ACS Unilever Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the APS Early Career Award in Biological Physics, APS Andreas Acrivos Award in Fluid Dynamics, APS Apker Award, and multiple commendations for teaching.