Kinjal Majumder earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Mizzou. His Ph.D. research focused on how chromosome structures regulate the development of the immune system, and how aberrations in the structure of DNA packaged into chromosomes can cause cancer. At Mizzou, his research focuses on how simple DNA viruses, known as Parvoviruses, use only two proteins to establish infection within cells, and how they interact with the cells' DNA-repair machinery. This research can be used for gene therapy to cure genetic disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Spinal muscular atrophy, as well as to target cancer cells. Kinjal is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Health.
In addition to research, he was a member of The BALSA Group for two years, a bio-tech and tech consulting firm that specializes in short-term engagements for start-up companies. Kinjal served as a consultant, project manager, and advisor for BALSA projects, and was awarded Project Manager of the Year in 2014. He worked with seven different companies ranging from one-person start-up to several hundred people. Most projects involved primary and secondary market assessment, financial planning, technology assessment and developmental strategy for the companies.
Mentor Statement: I want to become a Mizzou VMS mentor because I am excited about helping local companies translate their technologies into the market place. It is rewarding for me to assist in getting technologies out in the public sector that will benefit society.