David Figurski is Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University, where he teaches molecular genetics. In 35 years at Columbia, he has mentored nineteen Ph.D. students and directed numerous postdoctoral scientists. His laboratory has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health. He has received awards for teaching and research and has given keynote lectures. Dr. Figurski was dean for the graduate students in the College of Physicians & Surgeons. He received his Ph.D. for work with Roger Christensen at the University of Rochester in New York. His postdoctoral work was at the University of California at San Diego with Donald Helinski. Dr. Figurski has 86 publications.