Mahul Chakraborty grew up in a small town near Calcutta (now Kolkata) in India. He attended the University of Calcutta and the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee for degrees in Zoology and Biotechnology, respectively. During his time at IIT Roorkee, he spent a summer in Dr. Amitabh Joshi’s lab at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), where he was introduced to evolutionary genetics. He then joined the Ph.D. program in Biology at the University of Rochester. He then joined UC Irvine for postdoctoral research, where he was supported by a K99-R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health. Mahul started as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M in the Fall of 2022.
Mahul is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms by which heritable variation in phenotype and fitness arise and are maintained in the biological world. He studies several research problems on this topic, including the role of genome structural changes on organismal biology and evolution, the evolution of sexually dimorphic repetitive sequences, and the role of protein structural constraints in adaptation. Mahul supervises the projects of other lab members and sometimes pretends to work in the lab.