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20th Anniversary

September 26, 2024
2- 6 p.m.

McQuinn Atrium & Monsanto Auditorium at Bond LSC

Bond Life Sciences Center turns 20 this year. Our mission to connect and innovate has partnered engineers with cancer biologists, biomedical researchers with plant scientists and united many others to tackle humanity’s most pressing challenges. With world-class laboratories and a collaborative spirit, our scientists continue to find solutions and follow their curiosity while teaching the next generation of scientists.

To celebrate the occasion, we will host three prominent scientists September 26, including two that were formerly part of the Bond LSC community. These speakers will be followed by a reception open to the public and an art exhibition titled “Visions of Discovery: The Art of Research” co-sponsored by Columbia Art League.

Tentative Schedule

2-4:30 p.m. – Speaker Presentations
5-7 p.m. – Reception


Kinjal Majumder

Dr. Majumder completed his undergraduate studies at Drury University, majoring in biology, chemistry and mathematics. His PhD dissertation focused on the epigenetic regulation of T cell receptor gene assembly at Washington University in Saint Louis in the lab of Dr. Eugene Oltz. Majumder performed his post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. David Pintel in Bond LSC at Mizzou, focusing on the mechanisms of parvovirus interactions with the host genome and cellular DNA damage response pathways. He established his independent research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Molecular Virology in 2020.

The Majumder lab focuses on dissecting the mechanisms of parvovirus-host nucleome interactions and determining how these interactions can be leveraged to engineer novel gene therapy vehicles and oncolytic virotherapies. The Majumder lab is building on their discoveries with parvovirus-DNA damage interactions to understand how oncogenic viruses like HBV and HPV cause cancer.  

Sheng-Yang He

Dr. He is the Benjamin E. Powell Distinguished Professor of Biology at Duke University and also an Howard Hughes Medical institute investigator. His lab is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying plant-microbe interactions. Results from his lab have led to foundational insights into processes that govern bacterial pathogenesis, plant immunity, plant hormone signaling and the immune function of plant stomata. Recent research in his lab begins to shed light on how climate conditions influence infectious diseases and how plants regulate microbiota to prevent dysbiosis.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Zhejiang University (Agricultural campus), China, and a PhD from Cornell University. He is a Thomson Reuters highly-cited researcher, a past-president of the International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, an editorial board member of Current Biology and PNAS, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. 

Melissa Mitchum