Utpal Banerjee identifies basic molecular strategies that are conserved in development across species. His primary research areas are blood stem cell maintenance, stress response systems, metabolic control of cancer pathways, and metabolic control of early mouse development. Banerjee also developed several education projects for large numbers of early-stage undergraduates and high school students through the University of California, Los Angeles’s Undergraduate Research Consortium in Functional Genomics. These projects provide inquiry-based science instruction and opportunities for course-based research. In a separate course, he developed as part of the program, students “deconstruct” research presentations in a guided process that helps them learn about the concepts and techniques of experimental science.