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Dr. Samya Banerjee
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry IIT (BHU)
Area of Interest: 
Bioinorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry

Dr. Samya Banerjee
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
IIT BHU (Varanasi)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, IIT BHU, Varanasi, India (2021-present) 
Postdoctoral research fellow, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2019-2020)
Newton International fellow, University of Warwick, England (2017-2019)
Postdoctoral research fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA (2016-2017)

Academic Background
Ph.D, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science,  Bangalore, India, 2015
M.Sc, Department of Chemistry, The University of Burdwan,  Burdwan, West Bengal, India, 2010
B.Sc, Department of Chemistry, Vivekananda Mahavidyala, The University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India, 2008

Research Articles
1. H. Huang#, Samya Banerjee#, K. Qiu, P. Zhang, O. Blacque, T. Malcomson, M. J. Paterson, G. J. Clarkson, M. Staniforth, V. G. Stavros, G. Gasser, H. Chao and P. J. Sadler, Targeted photoredox catalysis in cancer cells. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 1041-1048.
2. Samya Banerjee, J. J. Soldevila-Barreda, J. A. Wolny, C. A. Wootton, A. Habtemariam, I. Romero-Canelón, F. Chen, G. J. Clarkson, I. Prokes, L. Song, P. B. O’Connor, V. Schünemann and P. J. Sadler, New Activation Mechanism for Half-sandwich Organometallic Anticancer Complexes. Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 3177-3185.
3. M. Siddiqui#, Samya Banerjee#, S. Bose, S. K. Sarkar, S. Gupta, J. Kretsch, N. Graw, R. HerbstIrmer, D. Stalke, S. Dutta, D. Koley and H. Roesky, Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Carbene Stabilized Aluminium and Gallium Radicals based on Amidinate Scaffolds. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 11253-11258.
4. W.-Y. Zhang, Samya Banerjee, G. M. Hughes, H. E. Bridgewater, J.-I. Song, B. Breeze, G. J. Clarkson, J. P. C. Coverdale, C. Sanchez-Cano, F. Ponte, E. Sicilia and P. J. Sadler, Ligand-centred redox activation of inert organoiridium anticancer catalysts. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 5466-5480.
5. J. Armstrong*, Samya Banerjee, V. Schünemann, J. A Wolny, P. J Sadler, Vibrational Motions Make Significant Contributions to Sequential Methyl C–H Activations in an Organometallic Complex. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021, 12, 658–662.
6. Samya Banerjee, S. Dutta, S. K. Sarkar, N. Graw, R. Herbst-Irmer, D. Koley, D. Stalke and H. W. Roesky, Amidinate based indium(III) monohalides and β-diketiminate stabilized In(II)-In(II)  bond: Synthesis,  crystal  structureand  computational  study. Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 14231-14236.
7. Samya Banerjee, S. Chakraborty, M. P. Jacinto, M. D. Paul, M. V. Balster, and M. M. Greenberg, Probing Enhanced Double Strand Break Formation at Abasic Sites Within Clustered Lesions in Nucleosome Core Particles. Biochemistry, 2017, 56, 14-21.
8. T. Sarkar, A. Bhattacharyya, Samya Banerjee* and A. Hussain, LMCT transition-based red light photochemotherapy using a tumour-selective ferrocenyl iron(III) coumarin conjugate. Chem. Comm. 2020, 56, 7981-7984.
9. R. Paul, Samya Banerjee, and M. M. Greenberg, Synergistic Effects of an Irreversible DNA Polymerase Inhibitor and DNA Damaging Agents on HeLa Cells. ACS Chem. Biol. 2017, 12, 1576-1583.
10. Samya Banerjee*, C. A. Kumar, S. Bose, S. K. Sarkar, S. K Gupta, N. Graw, C. Koehler, R. Herbst-Irmer, D. Stalke, S. Dutta, D. Koley and H. W. Roesky, Preparation and Reactivity Studies of Four and Five coordinated Amidinate Aluminum Compounds. Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2021,
11. Samya Banerjee, P. Prasad, A. Hussain, I. Khan, P. Kondaiah and A. R. Chakravarty. Remarkable photocytotoxicity of curcumin in HeLa cells in visible light and arresting its degradation on oxovanadium(IV) complex formation. Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 7702-7704.
12. P. Zhang, H. Huang*, Samya Banerjee, G. J. Clarkson, C. Ge, C. Imberti and  P. J. Sadler, Nucleus-targeted organoiridium-albumin conjugate for photoactivated cancer therapy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2350-2354.
13. J. Brooks, J. Everett, F. Lermyte, V. T. Tjhin, Samya Banerjee, P. B O’Connor, C. M. Morris, P. J Sadler, N. D. Telling and J. F. Collingwood, Label‐free Nanoimaging of Neuromelanin in the Brain by Soft X‐ray Spectromicroscopy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 11984–11991.
14. S. K. Sarkar, R. Chaliha, M. M. Siddiqui, Samya Banerjee, A. Münch, R. Herbst-Irmer, D. Stalke, E. D. Jemmis and H. W. Roesky, A Neutral Three‐Membered 2π Aromatic Disilaborirane and its Unique Conversion to a Four‐Membered BSi2N‐Ring. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 23015-23019.
15. C. Huang, C. Liang, T. Sadhukhan, Samya Banerjee, Z. Fan, T. Li, Z. Zhu, P. Zhang, K. Raghavachari, H. Huang, In‐vitro and In‐vivo Photocatalytic Cancer Therapy with Biocompatible Iridium (III) Photocatalysts. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 9474-9479.
16. Samya Banerjee, A. Omlor, J. A. Wolny, Y. Han, F. Lermyte, A. E. Godfrey, P. B. O’Connor, V. Schünemann, M. Danaie and P. J. Sadler, Generation of maghemite nanocrystals from iron–sulfur centres. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 9564-9569.

Review/Highlight Articles
1. Z. Fan, J. Huang, H. Huang and Samya Banerjee*, Metal-Based Catalytic Drug Development for Next-Generation Cancer Therapy. ChemMedChem, 2021,
2. Samya Banerjee*, Polypyridyl Ruthenium (II) Complexes with Red‐Shifted Absorption: New Promises in Photodynamic Therapy. ChemBioChem, 2021, 22, 2407-2409.
3. Samya Banerjee and P. J. Sadler, Transfer hydrogenation catalysis in cells. RSC Chem. Biol. 2021, 2, 12-29. (Highlighted as Journal front cover).
4. C. Huang, T. Li, J. Liang, H. Huang, P. Zhang and Samya Banerjee*, Recent advances in endoplasmic reticulum targeting metal complexes. Coord. Chem. Rev. 2020, 408, 213178.