Rama Bansil, PhD
Emeritus Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Physics

PhD, University of Rochester
MSc, University of Delhi

Rama Bansil is professor emeritus of Physics at Boston University. She is the first female physics professor at Boston University, and has received accolades for her contributions to the field of physics, biopolymer engineering, polymer engineering, photonics, nanoscience, nanobiotechnology, biophysics and biochemistry. In total, she has received almost 3 million dollars of funding throughout her career.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Physiology & Biophysics

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Physics of Bacteria Living in Gels: Host Bacteria Interactions
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
National Science Foundation

MRI: Acquisition of an Advanced Materials X-Ray Diffraction System
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2016 (Co-PI)
National Science Foundation

Physics of Motility of Bacteria Living in Mucus Gels
08/15/2011 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
National Science Foundation

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  1. Su C, Padra M, Constantino MA, Sharba S, Thorell A, Lindén SK, Bansil R. Influence of the viscosity of healthy and diseased human mucins on the motility of Helicobacter pylori. Sci Rep. 2018 Jun 26; 8(1):9710. PMID: 29946149.
  2. Bansil R, Turner BS. The biology of mucus: Composition, synthesis and organization. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2018 Jan 15; 124:3-15. PMID: 28970050.
  3. Constantino MA, Jabbarzadeh M, Fu HC, Bansil R. Helical and rod-shaped bacteria swim in helical trajectories with little additional propulsion from helical shape. Sci Adv. 2016 Nov; 2(11):e1601661. PMID: 28138539; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601661;.
  4. Martínez LE, Hardcastle JM, Wang J, Pincus Z, Tsang J, Hoover TR, Bansil R, Salama NR. Helicobacter pylori strains vary cell shape and flagellum number to maintain robust motility in viscous environments. Mol Microbiol. 2016 Jan; 99(1):88-110. PMID: 26365708; PMCID: PMC4857613; DOI: 10.1111/mmi.13218;.
  5. Bansil R, Celli JP, Hardcastle JM, Turner BS. The Influence of Mucus Microstructure and Rheology in Helicobacter pylori Infection. Front Immunol. 2013; 4:310. PMID: 24133493; DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2013.00310;.
  6. Barz B, Turner BS, Bansil R, Urbanc B. Folding of pig gastric mucin non-glycosylated domains: a discrete molecular dynamics study. J Biol Phys. 2012 Sep; 38(4):681-703. PMID: 24615227; PMCID: PMC3473135; DOI: 10.1007/s10867-012-9280-x;.
  7. Li M, Liu Y, Bansil R. Kinetics of hexagonal cylinders to face-centered cubic spheres transition of triblock copolymer in selective solvent: Brownian dynamics simulation. J Chem Phys. 2010 Aug 28; 133(8):084905. PMID: 20815592; DOI: 10.1063/1.3473067;.
  8. Celli JP, Turner BS, Afdhal NH, Keates S, Ghiran I, Kelly CP, Ewoldt RH, McKinley GH, So P, Erramilli S, Bansil R. Helicobacter pylori moves through mucus by reducing mucin viscoelasticity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Aug 25; 106(34):14321-6. PMID: 19706518; PMCID: PMC2732822; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0903438106;.
  9. Celli JP, Turner BS, Afdhal NH, Ewoldt RH, McKinley GH, Bansil R, Erramilli S. Rheology of gastric mucin exhibits a pH-dependent sol-gel transition. Biomacromolecules. 2007 May; 8(5):1580-6. PMID: 17402780.
  10. Fang H, Qiu L, Vitkin E, Zaman MM, Andersson C, Salahuddin S, Kimerer LM, Cipolloni PB, Modell MD, Turner BS, Keates SE, Bigio I, Itzkan I, Freedman SD, Bansil R, Hanlon EB, Perelman LT. Confocal light absorption and scattering spectroscopic microscopy. Appl Opt. 2007 Apr 1; 46(10):1760-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 17356619.
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