Bikul Das, MD, PhD, is an associate research investigator in the Forsyth Institute’s Department of Immunology and Infection Diseases, and has developed an in vitro model to study stem cell altruism. While biomedical research and altruism are not often linked, altruism is considered a deep evolutionary mechanism of survival in microbial life, the characteristic has not yet been studied in human cells. His pioneering research in this arena has identified unusual altruistic behavior in stem cells which has great potential for both cancer and regenerative medicine. He is now focusing on understanding the cellular interaction between altruistic stem cells, cancer, and pathogenic microbes like TB. Bikul Das received his MD in Internal Medicine from Gauhati University in India and his PhD from the University of Toronto in Medicine/Oncology. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University before coming to the Forsyth Institute. Das’ work has been supported by the Laurel Foundation by a Grant Challenge Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.