Professor Mahananda (Nanda) Dasgupta is an experimental physicist at the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility in the Department of Nuclear Physics of the Australian National University (ANU). She is an international leader in accelerator-based nuclear fusion and fission. Professor Dasgupta completed her PhD in 1992 at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. She was awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 1998, and in 2006 was awarded the prestigious Pawsey medal by the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding research in Physics in Australia by a scientist under 40 years of age. Professor Dasgupta was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2011. She was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2011.