Skip to main content

Arinjay Banerjee (he/him)

Research Scientist and Principal Investigator
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Arinjay Banerjee dans son labo
Dr. Arinjay Banerjee dans son labo
Location Now
Education Pathway
School Subject

I am a scientist and I study how viruses evolve and interact with our immune system.

About me

I was born/grew up in: I was born in Calcutta, India and I grew up travelling around with my parents in India.

I now live in:  I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

I completed my training/education at:  I have a Bachelor of Science (Double Major and honours, Microbiology and Biochemistry) from the University of Mumbai. I completed my Masters of Science (Virology) at the National Institute of Virology. I completed my Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan. I also trained at the University of Sydney, McMaster University (Postdoctoral), and at the University of Toronto (visiting scientist).

What I do at work

I am a research scientist. My area of research is how viruses evolve and interact with our immune system. I work at the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Our work helps strengthen Canada’s role in responding to infectious diseases. My team investigates bat-borne viruses, such as coronaviruses. We also study how these viruses impact humans and agricultural animals.

It costs money to do scientific research. To fund my research, I write lots of funding applications. These can be to my university, to government agencies or outside groups. I also design and carry out experiments. After I have collected and analyzed my results, I publish what I have learned. Writing papers and publishing results is an important part of what research scientists do.  Most of all, in my work, I keep an open mind towards learning new things every day.

My career path is

In school I loved science and biology in particular. I always wanted to work with small things and a microscope. Microbes, such as viruses happen to be extremely small. My interest led me to first complete a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and biochemistry. I then completed a Master’s degree that specialized in the study of viruses. From here, I completed my Ph.D. in microbiology.

During my studies, I participated in programs that allowed me to practice my skills and apply my knowledge in real world settings. After I received my Ph.D., I completed a postdoctoral program in molecular virology at McMaster University. During this time, I was appointed as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Toronto. Here I worked on research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. My education and experience have led me to my current position as Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan.

I am motivated by

I am motivated by the uncertainty and excitement of new scientific discoveries.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I hope that our work will go towards protecting humanity from emerging viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. Saving lives and preventing the next pandemic drives me to do my best every day. I also have an impact by supporting and nurturing trainees in my laboratory who are the future of Canadian science.

Outside of work I

I love to cook and grill. I also volunteer my time to share our science with the world.

My advice to others

Failures are the pillars of success. We fail a lot in science. However, the one breakthrough is worth several attempts.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Liked helping people
  • Played on a sports team
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Played video games
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Liked to design or build things
  • Learned best "by doing"
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
  • Asked a lot of questions (still do!)

Related Topics

Explore Career Profiles

  • Meghana Munipalle outside on summer day in front of tree

    Meghana Munipalle (she/her)

    Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

    I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in biological and biomedical engineering.
  • Areej Riaz headshot

    Areej Riaz

    Operations Manager

    I work with individuals and organizations on programs that help address climate change.
  • Tristan Lecompte Headshot

    Tristan Lecompte

    Environmental Program Officer

    I interpret and communicate pollution data collected by the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).
  • Dr. Bukola Salami with nursing student seated at computer.

    Bukola Salami (she/her)

    Professor, Faculty of Nursing

    I do research with Black communities and teach undergraduate and graduate students.
  • close up of technicians hands showing pipette with blood sample from a container

    Marta V. (she/her)

    Forensic Search Biologist

    I examine evidence from crime scenes for biological material such as blood, semen, or touch DNA.
  • Dr. Paula Littlejohn headshot

    Dr. Paula Littlejohn (she/her)

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    I research problems that affect peoples’ health, specifically in children.
  • Dolcy Meness doing water sampling

    Dolcy Meness

    Nagadjitodjig Aki (Guardian)

    I work as a Guardian for the environment and cultural teachings of my community, Kitigan Zibi.
  • Brock Fenton headshot

    Brock Fenton (he/him)

    Emeritus Professor

    I study bats around the world.
  • Molly Neave holding tray of produce inside growing unit.

    Molly Neave (she/her)

    Horticulture Research Associate

    I grow and research crops in an indoor, vertical farm.
  • Olivia Ivany headshot outside with trees and green field in background

    Olivia Ivany

    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

    I perform different kinds of ultrasounds on different parts of the body.
  • Winston Campeau headshot

    Winston Campeau

    Researcher - Evolutionary Processes

    I use computer simulations and math to research how animals' behavior changes when their environment changes.
  • Portrait de Kim TallBear

    Kim TallBear (she/her)

    Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society, Faculty of Native Studies

    I teach university and do research on science and technology from an Indigenous perspective.
  • Mahesh Rachamalla in his lab wearing white lab coat

    Mahesh Rachamalla (he/him)

    Graduate Student (Toxicology)

    My research will help find solutions for protecting aquatic species from the effects of heavy metals.
  • Dr. Molly Shoichet headshot

    Molly Shoichet (she/her)

    Professor and Research Team Lead

    I teach undergraduate students in engineering and I lead a research team in biomedical and chemical engineering.
  • Kaitlin Guitard working on site of an aquaculture setting.

    Kaitlin Guitard

    Water Quality Technician

    I monitor the sea water at salmon farms for harmful plankton and jellyfish.
  • Portrait de Devon Hardy

    Devon Hardy (she/her/elle)

    Program Director

    I run a non-profit program that supports environmental sustainability in the arts.
  • Mike Bryan on walkway over fish tank

    Mike Bryan (he/him)

    Hatchery Technician

    I work at a fish hatchery in the aquaculture industry.
  • Megan Coles headshot with blurred buildings and landscape in the background

    Megan Coles

    Pediatric Nurse

    I care for the inpatients admitted to the medical-surgical units at my local children's hospital.
  • Nicole Redvers headshot

    Nicole Redvers (she/her)

    Associate Professor and Director of Planetary Health

    I carry out Indigenous health research and support Indigenous communities and organizations in their health research needs.
  • Portrait de Gabriel Hould Gosselin

    Gabriel Hould Gosselin

    Research Associate

    I support teams that collect data on the melting permafrost layer in the arctic.