Scientist Profile

Amitabha Majumdar, Ph.D.


Research Areas


Education and Experience

Ph.D, Biology, 2005

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

M.Sc, Biotechnology, 2000 University of Calcutta

B.Sc. Chemistry (Honours), Physics, Mathematics, 1998 University of Calcutta

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We will be using Drosophila as model system to address how memory is maintained over time. We will also work with Drosophila models of neurodegenerative diseases and fragile-X. We will be using genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, imaging, next generation sequencing and behavior as tools in our work.

January 2014- March 2015
Associate Professor and Scientist-IV

National Brain Research Centre

April 2006 - January2014
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Stowers Institute of Medical Research
Advisor: Dr. Kausik Si

January 2006- March 2006
Senior Research Fellow

Guha Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Calcutta,
Advisor: Prof. D.J.Chattopadhyay

September 2004- February 2005
Student Visitor

Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany
Advisor: Dr. Jurgen Klingauf

April 2000-July 2005
Research Scholar

Department of Biological Sciences,Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Advisor: Prof. K.S.Krishnan


Critical role of amyloid-like oligomers of Drosophila Orb2 in the persistence of memory. Majumdar A, Cesario WC, White-Grindley E, Jiang H, Ren F, Khan MR, Li L, Choi EM, Kannan K, Guo F, Unruh J, Slaughter B, Si K. Cell. 2012 Feb 3;148(3):515-29. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.01.004. Epub 2012 Jan 26.

Aplysia CPEB can form prion-like multimers in sensory neurons that contribute to long-term facilitation. Si K, Choi YB, White-Grindley E, Majumdar A, Kandel ER. Cell. 2010 Feb 5;140(3):421-35. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.01.008.

Sustained CPEB-dependent local protein synthesis is required to stabilize synaptic growth for persistence of long-term facilitation in Aplysia. Miniaci MC, Kim JH, Puthanveettil SV, Si K, Zhu H, Kandel ER, Bailey CH. Neuron. 2008 Sep 25;59(6):1024-36. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2008.07.036.

A neuronal isoform of CPEB regulates local protein synthesis and stabilizes synapse-specific long-term facilitation in aplysia. Si K, Giustetto M, Etkin A, Hsu R, Janisiewicz AM, Miniaci MC, Kim JH, Zhu H, Kandel ER. Cell. 2003 Dec 26;115(7):893-904.

A neuronal isoform of the aplysia CPEB has prion-like properties. Si K, Lindquist S, Kandel ER. Cell. 2003 Dec 26;115(7):879-91.


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