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Dr. Malay Patra

Reader, Department of Chemical Sciences
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road,

Colaba, Mumbai 400005, India

Phone: +91 022 2278 2371

Fax: +91 22 2280 4610/4611


Malay was born in a small and beautiful village near Midnapore, West Bengal, India. After finishing his high school and bachelor in chemistry from Midnapore College, he decided to move to Mumbai. In the year 2007, he graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay) with a M. Sc. in Chemistry. During his master study, he was working on synthesis and redox properties of ruthenium complexes under the supervision of Prof. G. K. Lahiri, Department of Chemistry, IIT-Bombay.


Afterwards, Malay joined the group of Prof. Nils Metzler-Nolte, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany as a Ph.D. student. He was awarded the Max Planck fellowship from IMPRS-CB, Dortmund for his doctoral research. There, he was working on his Ph. D. thesis entitled ‘Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Organometallic Antibacterial Agents’. In July, 2011, Malay finished his doctoral study with distinction.

Soon after that Malay moved to Zurich to start his postdoctoral study under the supervision of Prof. Gilles Gasser, Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich, where he was involved in several research projects. One of his key findings in area of radiopharmaceuticals is the development of the first octadentate bifunctional octadentate chelator for PET emitter 89Zr. 

In September 2013, Malay moved to the US and started working with Prof. S. J. Lippard, Department of Chemistry, MIT, Cambridge, where he acquired postdoctoral training in the areas of ‘Platinum Anticancer Drugs’ and ‘Cell Biology’. His main research at MIT focused on designing next generation of platinum anticancer drug candidates with improved cancer targeting properties. 

In 2016, Malay came back to University of Zurich and started as a Senior Scientist at the Department of Chemistry. He acquired training in ‘radiochemistry and in vivo PET imaging’ under the mentorship of Prof. J. Holland and developed novel radioactive immuno-PET tracers for detection of prostate cancer. 

In August 2018, Malay joined the Department of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) as a reader to start his independent research career. 

Apart from Chemistry, Malay is very much interested in doing sports, listening music, travelling and watching movies.

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