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Syamantak Majumder

Contact Details 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences,

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS),

Pilani Campus, Room No: 3277-R, FD-III,

Pilani, Rajasthan 333 031. 
Phone: +91 159651-5693
PhD (Cell and Vascular Biology)       2011         Anna University, Chennai, India  
MSc (Microbiology)                           2006         Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India 
BSc (Microbiology)                            2004         Calcutta University, Kolkata, India  
Professional Experiences
Assistant Professor                   BITS-Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India (July, 2017 to till date)
CDA-Post Doctoral Fellow      St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada (2015 to 2017)
Post Doctoral Fellow                St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada (2014 to 2015)
Post Doctoral Fellow                University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA (2011-2014)
Visiting Research Fellow          University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2 months, 2010)
Project Associate                       Anna University, Chennai, India  (6 months, 2006)
Awards and Fellowships 

1. EMBO Short-Term Fellowship to visit Prof. Nanagaku’s Lab, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan (with discretion of the Funder and Host, the visit is postponed until summer 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic)

2. Banting & Best Diabetes Center (BBDC) Trainee Travel Award from BBDC, Canada (Declined, 2016)

3. Post Doctoral Fellowship from Canadian Diabetes Association (Diabetes Canada), Canada (Awarded for 2015-2018, Availed until June, 2017)

4. Post Doctoral Fellowship from BBDC, Canada (Declined, 2015-2016)

5. Won a prize for presenting a poster at Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Aab-CVRI, University of Rochester, USA (2012) 

6. ATVB 2012 Travel Award for Young Investigators from American Heart Association, USA (2012)

7. Wood-Whelan Research Fellowship from IUBMB (2010)

8. The Best Poster Award at The Society of Free Radical Research (SFRR), Hyderabad, India (2010) 

Review Assignments

1. Nature Communication (Nature Publishing Group).

2. Kidney International (official Journal of International Society of Nephrology)  

3. Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports (Elsevier), Certified as "Recognized Reviewer" by Elsevier.

4. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity (Hindawi).

5. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology (American Physiology Society).

6. Frontiers in Pharmacology (Frontier Press).

7. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research (BMC)

8. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology (Elsevier), Certified as "Recognized Reviewer" by Elsevier.

9. Frontiers in Space Technology (Microgravity theme) Invited Review Editor.


About the Faculty

Dr. Majumder received his PhD from Anna University, Chennai, India (2007-2011) in field of Cell and Vascular Biology and moved to University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA as a Post Doctoral Fellow (2011-2014) followed by another Post Doctoral Training at St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (2014-2017). His research work during his graduate studies under Dr. Suvro Chatterjee at Anna University was aimed towards understating the role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in angiogenesis specially looking at how modulation of nitric oxide signaling could affect angiogenesis during different diseases. Dr. Majumder’s first Post Doctoral Research work under Dr. Bradford C Berk and Dr. Jinjiang Pang at University of Rochester demonstrated how G-protein coupled receptor 2 interacting protein 1 (GIT1) is required for directional migration of endothelial cells towards stimuli to promote tumor angiogenesis. His work also demonstrated a key function of GIT1 in regulating Dll4-Notch1 feedback loop in regulating developmental sprouting angiogenesis. Next, Dr. Majumder moved to Dr. Andrew Advani's lab at St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and started looking at the epigenetics of podocyte in the development of chronic kidney diseases (CKD) specially studying the role of a repressive histone methylation mark in development and progression of CKD. He also identified a long non coding RNA (lncRNA) that is elevated in podocyte of diabetic kidney and contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. Dr. Majumder joined BITS-Pilani as an Assistant Professor in Department of Biological Sciences on July 25, 2017. 

Research Opportunities

Opportunities are currently available for highly motivated Ph.D and Post-doctoral Fellows to work on experimental research in the field of endothelial cell biology, epigenetics, cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases and vascular biology.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV at


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