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Riley Feser

Congratulations !!!! MSc student Riley Feser won the Basic Science Presentation award at the Cancer Care Manitoba Research Day 2021! Way to go Riley!


Heartiest congratulations to upcoming MSc students Reid Opperman for receiving CIHR MSc scholarship 2021 and and Braydon Nault for receiving Research Manitoba MSc scholarship 2021. Well done Reid and Brady! Lab success is 100% this year.

Brady Nault, Research Manitoba MSc Scholarship 2021

Reid Opperman, CIHR Canada Graduate Masters Scholarship 2021


April 30, 2021. Westman Newspaper broadcast.

April 28, 2021. A big day for Majumder Lab. We received the John R. Evans Leaders fund under CFI to set up a new laboratory dedicated for Breast Cancer Research. Thank you Canada Foundation for Innovation and Research Manitoba for this support. University news link below:

Federal, provincial research support bring $1.2 million to BU lab for breast cancer study


March 30, congratulations to Majumder lab Honours student Reid M. Opperman! Reid is one of the recipient of 2021 NSERC-USRA. Very well deserved.


  • On the Women’s Week 2021, we celebrate two of our own. Congratulations Bonita and Mackenzie to be nominated as outstanding women of 2021. Let’s celebrate March 8, 202
  • International Women's Day Logo


Read their story here: Bonita       Mackenzie


  • First publication of the year 2021. Congratulations Reid! This is an excellent collaborative effort between Western University and Brandon University.

Prostaglandin E2 Receptor 4 (EP4) as a Therapeutic Target to Impede Breast Cancer-Associated Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis. GADP Linares, RM Opperman, M Majumder, PK Lala. Cancers 13 (5), 942


Big day for Majumder Lab. CRC now added Dr. Majumder’s profile on the chair-holder’s page.



Jan 1, 2021. On behalf of Majumder Lab we wish you a very happy and hopeful new year. Yes, we did it. Vaccine is here !

It’s the time for new ideas, experiments, excellent discoveries, scientific breakthrough and all pending publications. Cheers !!!!!




Dec 18, 2020. Dr. Majumder’s CRC news on Brandon Sun.

BU prof receives $600K grant to study breast cancer – Brandon Sun
By: The Brandon Sun
Posted: 12/18/2020 3:00 AM


Dec 16, 2020. Finally the announcement arrived. Dr. Majumder become the Canada Research Chair in Genotoxicology.

Canada Research Chairs Program supports BU professor’s study of breast cancer _ News


It’s time for celebrations. BU MSc students made headlines on Brandon Sun. You made us proud. Congratulations Riley!

Brandon Sun


Dr. Majumder received Senate Award for Excellence in Research — Tier 2. This award was established to emphasize the importance of research at Brandon University and to recognize and honour those individuals who excel in scholarship and research. Thank you Brandon University for this recognition.

Read the complete story here

Brandon University presents teaching, research awards _ News


Finally some well deserved recognition. Congratulations Riley !

Research projects by BU students target breast cancer, plastic pollution | News

Riley presented an e-poster at the “Cancer Science & Therapeutics 2020 Virtual Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2020, organised by Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario


Congratulations to Emma Gervin! Emma got into Medicine and just started her new journey to become a clinician at the University of Manitoba School of Medicine. All the best for the new beginning.


WOW! Research Manitoba MSc scholarship 2020. A big fat congratulations to Riley Feser. This is for the first time two Brandon University students received this scholarship. This is a provincial competition worth of $12,000/year, given to excellent student with high research productivity. Very proud of you Riley!


Big congratulations to Majumder Lab MSc student, Riley Feser. Riley received the ‘Brandon University Research Training Award2020. This is a competitive award worth of $5,000 given to excellent research student to conduct summer research at Brandon University. Well done Riley!


May 15, What a day! Congratulations Emma Gervin, honours student in Majumder got accepted in Medicine at two universities. WOW! We are so proud of you. A promising scientist will become a physician, can’t wait for that. Good luck Emma. Emma gradauted this spring from Brandon University with distinction. We are proud of you Emma.

May 15, Congratulations Kingsley! First graduate student from Majumder lab is now a full time employee and serving as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) at the Dauphin lab located at the Dauphin Regional Health Center, Dauphin, Manitoba. As an international student, it was never easy for you but your hard work and dedication paid off. You always wanted to be community health worker and you are now a front line worker in Canada! We are proud of you.


Pandemic annouced so Majumder lab is working hard in home isolation. Good luck to all trainees for the final exams.


March 8, on the international women’s day, so proud to see so many familiar faces and our own Emma nominated as exception student as BU. Congratulations! Emma. Read Emma’s story here

Congratulations! Emma to get the nomination as an exceptional female student at Brandon University. This is a great honor for you and you deserve this award. Emma will be awarded during International Women’s Day Week, March 12th from 4:30-5:30 in the Library Gathering Space at BU.


March 1, Congratulations! Mackenzie for receiving the NSERC USRA scholarship 2020! This summer is going to be an exciting summer with new research and new discoveries.




November 4: Riley Feser presenting his poster in the ” 5th Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC)”  at OTTAWA, ON.








October 19: Bonita Shin and Riley Feser presenting their research work in ” World-Class Research Built in Brandon” Programme organized by Brandon University Research Committee (BURC).


August 15: NSERC USRA student Bonita Shin and Research Assistant Riley Feser published their very first first-authored publication in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Heartiest Congratulations to the Team, you made a Hatric, 3 publications in 3 months !!! You made impossible possible. Go team Go! 



Big news !!!! miRNA angiogenesis paper is accepted for publication in the journal Cancers. Congratulations to the team. Your hard work and dedication paid off.


June started with a Bang! Majumder lab grad student Kingsley won Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Poster award at the “Canadian Student Health Research Forum 2019”.  This is a brilliant achievement. Well done Kingsley!!!!










May 31, Happy Faces all around today because its the convocation day. Congratulations to Stephanie and Riley.


May 7, trainees presenting at the Cancer Care Manitoba (CCMB) Research Day, at the Theatre C and Concourse, 2nd floor, Basic Medical Sciences Building, University of Manitoba. Well done everyone. CCMB research day photo courtesy: Bonita and Sujit

Brady Nault in front of his poster

Stephanie Hunter in front of her poster

Kingsley Ugwuagbo in front of his poster

in the picture from left: Bonita, Riley, Stephanie, Brady, Kingsley, Sujit


May 1, This is unreal. WOW! We got the cover page of the journal Biology Open, April, 2019; 8 (4).  Congratulations to Kingsley, Sujit, Ahmed, Stephanie, Brady, and Caleb for the great team effort !!!!

Cover: Zebrafish embryo (Danio rerio) injected with Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) showing advanced pigmentation at 48 h post fertilization. In their article, Ugwuagbo et al. show that PGE2 promotes early embryonic development, vascular maturation and angiogenesis in zebrafish. Image credit: Sujit Maiti. Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

May 1, Majumder lab is getting busy with talented summer students. Thanks to Canadian Summer Jobs for supporting us !!! We have two new Research Assistants joined the lab this summer. Welcome, Stephanie and  Riley.

Stephanie Hunter, BSc. Honors, 2019, Bio Major

Riley Feser, BSc. 2019, Bio Major


April 29th, Majumder lab welcomes two NSERC-USRA scholars in 2019. Welcome back Brady and welcome to the family Bonita. Congratulations B & B !!!

Bonita Shin, 2nd yr BSc. 2019, Bio Major

Brady Nault, BSc. 2019, Bio Major


April 18, this is big. Graduate student, Kingsley, and Bioinformatician, Sujit, were interviewed by the international peer-reviewed scientific journal “Biology Open” for their publication. The section named as “First Person”. This is the best international honor and recognition for a trainee. Congratulations!!!!


April 9, Majumder Lab participated in the Western Manitoba Science Fair (WMSF), held at HLC, Brandon University.

We had fun judging young scientists from Brandon School Division


April 9, we also participated in the open house at the Department of Biology after WMSF, where we displayed our breast cancer research program at BU to high school kids to encourage them to do science at Brandon University after they finish high school.


April 2, Honours student Stephanie Hunter successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations Steph !!!



March 8,  BU Bobcats men’s volleyball team took the Canada West title in five sets on Friday. Now we’re headed to nationals.

Big Congratulations to Brady Nault, a research student at Majumder lab. He is a star player to watch !!! We are proud of you. Best wishes for the nationals Brady !!!


March 8, International Women’s Day

A big congratulations to Honours student Stephanie Hunter. Stephanie is one of the outstanding students to receive honor at Brandon University for her contribution to academics, research, sports and community services. You deserve this honor Steph. Well done !!!!



Could a simple blood test be able to detect breast cancer?

By Mousumi Majumder, Kingsley C. Ugwuagbo, Stephanie Hunter,Braydon Nault, Emma Gervin, Danielle Larocque, Bonita Shin, Riley James Feser, and Sujit Maiti

“RESEARCH CONNECTION” a news report of Brandon University, February 2019



Majumder lab welcomes four new members:

Emma Gervin, Bonita Shin, Danielle Larocque, and Riley Feser. We shall rock together !!!



Let’s encourage young minds to do science::

BU in Classroom


 Dr. Majumder giving science seminar to grade twelve students at MacGregor Collegiate Institute Neelin High School.


Let’s talk science

Stephanie, giving science seminar at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.





October 13thA Big Congratulations!!! to Kingsley, MSC student at Majumder Lab for Winning Brandon University 3MT (three-minute thesis) competition. The competition was held during BU’s Homecoming Event “New Beginnings Conference: A Community Connective Research Conference“.



June 14, Thank you, Sharon Young, VP Canadian Breast Cancer Network to visit our lab and sharing her story of battle against breast cancer. Trainees got a wonderful opportunity to explain their research impact on breast cancer early detection. 

Congratulations !!!! Kingsley Ugwuagbo for winning a poster award in the Canadian Student Health Research Forum 2018


June 11, MSc student Kingsley Ugwuagbo from Majumder Lab presenting a poster at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum at Winnipeg. He competed with graduate and postdocs in the Manitoba competition and won an award. Way to go Kingsley !!!




May 29, Cancer Care Manitoba Research Day at the University of Manitoba. Entire Majumder Lab from Biology attended the program. In the photo below from left Dr. Charette from Chemistry, Trent (Charette Lab), Brady and Ahmed (Majumder Lab), Dr. Majumder, Kingsley and Stephanie (Majumder lab), Alice (Charette Lab), Alisha (Chen Lab), Courtney (Charette Lab).

May 29, CCMB research Day, Dr. Majumder was an invited judge in the program and two students from the lab Ahmed and Kingsley giving oral presentations.  Congratulations!!! Ahmed and Kingsley.





April 30, Majumder Lab happy to welcome and thanks Patrice Colville, a retired fellow of Canadian Armed Forces, who decided to volunteer in Majumder lab in between of her EMS services. She is an undergraduate student at Brandon University. Someone who can hold both gun and a pipette.













April 23, two undergraduate BU star athletes Stephanie and Brady join Majumder lab with NSERC-USRA Scholarships. Congratulations !!!! Very proud of you.

April 9, It’s a very busy day at Majumder Lab. Majumder Lab welcomes Dr. Anuraag Shrivastav and Dr. Shailey Verma Shrivastav from the University of Winnipeg to meet our lab, discuss research projects with our students and finding potential collaboration opportunities. We also proudly host Dr. Anuraag Shrivastav as the guest speaker in the Brandon University Science Seminar Series 2017-2018.

April 9, Undergraduate Research Assistant Ahmed Omar presenting his research project in Majumder Lab at the Senior Colloquium at Louis Riel Room at Brandon University.  Well done Ahmed !!!



April 6, Thank you Research Manitoba. Majumder Lab is very honored to get invited to represent Brandon University at the Legislature Building and meet Enterprise Minister Hon. Mr. Pedersen at Winnipeg at the event “Manitoba: Home of world-class research” organized by Research Manitoba. A very special thanks to the breast patient survivor Ms. Sharon Young (VP, Canadian Breast Cancer Network) to join our team and explaining the importance of our research to the house of chambers.

April 1, finally, we have a Bioinformatician in Majumder lab. Sujit Maiti joins the lab to conduct high throughput proteome data analysis. Welcome, Sujit !!!





BU faculty featured with top prairie researchers.

November 5CIHR-ICR Early Career Research Program Award given by Canadian Institutes of Health Research during Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Meeting 2017, in Vancouver, Canada.

October 5, Invited talk at the Manitoba Congress of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MCMLS) meetings at the Brandon Keystone Centre.





September 29, Invited talk at the Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg.






September 12, New Graduate Student in the lab. Welcome!!!! Ugwuagbo Kingsley Chukwunonso.



June 12, Dr. Majumder representing Brandon University at the 1st Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) Alberta and Prairie Node meeting.



December 2, Dr. Majumder invited as guest speaker at the Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology, Cancer Care Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada.