Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee

M.S., Ph.D : Role: Professor, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease, Project Leader, NIH Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions, UCI School of Medicine and Program in Public Health, Principal Investigator of Environmental Health & Disease Laboratory


Dr. Chatterjee is a human physiologist with specialized training in immunology. He completed his Ph.D. while working as a research scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai India, a premier research institute of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and affiliated to the University of Mumbai. He has made significant contributions to the field of immunotoxicity in pro-inflammatory disease processes like heat stroke, sepsis and inflammatory liver disease, especially nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Dr. Chatterjee is also appointed as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, USC School of Medicine (August 2015- present), adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University (July 2017- present) and Research Health Scientist, U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, Columbia, SC (May, 2019- present).

His research experiences at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, PI: Dr. Ronald P. Mason) and Duke University School of Medicine (Gastroenterology) as a postdoctoral researcher greatly enhanced his expertise in inflammatory liver disease in obesity and how the oxidative stress of environmental toxicants cause obesity-induced disease. He received the prestigious NIH pathway to independence (K99-R00) funding from NIEHS in 2011. He has also received $7,564,895 million Extramural: $7,300,895; NIH (P20, P01), DOD (IIRFA), VA (Merit) grants and Intramural: 264,000 ; USC VPR, USC Pilot Grants.

Courses offered:

  1. ENHS 660: Concepts of Environment health
  2. ENHS 592: Environment-linked Inflammatory Diseases
  3. ENHS 324: Environment and Obesity
  4. ENHS 790: Immune and Epigenome modulations in NASH
  5. ENHS 793: Molecular techniques in Toxicology

Honors and Awards :

  • Veterans Affairs Merit Awardee (2018)
  • Appointed member, Veterans Affairs strategic Group on Gulf War Veterans Illness
  • Panelist, USNational Academy of Sciences (Science, Engineering and Medicine), Ford Foundation Review Board, 2017-Present
  • Named Breakthrough Star, the highest research award for junior faculty at the University of South Carolina, 2015
  • Elected to the Program committee of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2015
  • Elected as a council member and Board of Directors, Association of Scientists of Indian Origin, Society of Toxicology, 2015.
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award 2015, Society of Toxicology, Immunotoxicology SS, recognizing the contributions to the field of immunotoxicology in the last 10 years.
  • Society of Toxicology Board of Publications Honorable Mention Award (3 out of 300 publications (2013-2014) January 14, 2016.
  • ASPIRE-I (Advanced Support Program for Innovative Research Excellence) award from the office of Vice President of Research, USC, 2014
  • ASPIRE-I award from the office of Vice President of Research, USC, 2013
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE), National Institutes of Health, 2012
  • Best Postdoctoral Abstract Award, Association of Scientists of Indian Origin (ASIO), 50TH Annual Meeting of Society of Toxicology, 2011
  • Young Investigator Award, Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2010
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE), National Institutes of Health, 2010
  • Intramural Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health, 2007
  • Research Fellowship Award , University of Brighton, UK-India Education and Research Initiative, British Council (not accepted), 2006
  • National Scholarship, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, 1997
  • National Talent Scholarship, Department of Education, Government of India, 1996