Dr. Mukhopadhyay received an MSc in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago. She is a Staff Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she leads a multidisciplinary team to study stress response in bacteria using microbiological, biochemical and systems biology tools. Dr. Mukhopadhyay is the Director of Omics studies and the Co-director of Microbial Fuels transport at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, CA. Her projects include the study of two component signal transduction systems in the anaerobic sulfate reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough as part of the Environmental Stress Pathway Project (ESPP). She utilizes a wide variety of cell wide studies in environmentally important bacteria such asD. vulgaris, and in engineered fuel production microbes such as E. coli and S. cerevisiae. In the study of metabolically engineered microbes, Dr Mukhopadhyay focuses on the role of efflux pumps as a mechanism to relieve toxicity from metabolite accumulation and increasing titer of metabolite production.