Extended Bio for Somali Chaterji

Somali Chaterji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. She is also a part of the WHIN (Wabash Heartland Innovation Network) leadership team and is building resilient and adaptive cyberinfrastructure for precision agriculture. Data is power! She believes in leveraging the power of big data by drawing actionable insights from geospatial agricultural data to make agricultural practices clean and sustainable. On the other, she believes in extracting insights from epigenomic data for predictive and personalized healthcare, one in which health and vitality is the focus.


To accomplish her vision, she develops algorithms and statistical models for precision medicine, and more recently, in digital agriculture with an eye toward sustainability. She got her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, winning the Chorafas International Award (2010), College of Engineering Best Dissertation Award (2010), and the Future Faculty Fellowship Award (2009). She did her Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where her work was supported by an American Heart Association award. She won the best paper award at the ACM BCB conference in 2015. Dr. Chaterji is also a lab-to-bedside commercialization enthusiast and is a scientific advisor for the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin (since Spring 2014). Dr. Chaterji won Purdue’s prestigious Seed-for-Success Award in 2016 for winning a research grant of more than $1M (NIH R01).