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Nov. 11, 1951 – Jan. 24, 2014

Jagat J. Mukherjee, of Amherst, a cancer researcher, died unexpectedly Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 62.

Born in Sreerampur, India, he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Calcutta University, where he also earned his master’s degree and doctorate in biochemistry.

After completing postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan in 1987, he returned to work in India, then went to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, spent a year at the Cleveland Clinic and worked at the University of Minnesota before coming to Buffalo in 2001.

Dr. Mukherjee was a research scientist for the SUNY Research Foundation in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory in the Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State, studying how tumors are promoted by environmental contaminants, including tobacco smoke. He had received grants for his work from the National Institute of Health.

He was a member of the Hindu Cultural Association and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Alpana Ganguli; a sister, Meghamala Biswas; and three brothers, Barat Chandra, Srikant and Subrata.

A traditional Hindu ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. today in Pine Lawn Chapel of Mount Calvary Cemetery, 2957 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.