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Dr. Kumar obtained his Master's degree in Biotechnology from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. He received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology with specialization in T-cell signaling from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His doctoral thesis title is "Signalling events leading to T-cell activation: proliferation and its modulation by Amphotericin B"
He received ‘Institut National de la Santè et de la Recherche Médicale’ (INSERM) fellowship and worked as foreign scientist in the laboratory of Prof. Pierrer Ferrier at Centre d'Immunologie Marseille-Luminy (CIML), Marseille, France. During his stay at CIML he worked in the field of T-cell development and studied the regulation of somatic recombination in T-cell receptor (TCR) gene.
Later on he worked as Post doctoral fellow at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, Colorado, USA and research fellow on full time equivalent (FTE) position at National Institute of Health (NIH), Rockville, Maryland, USA. During his stay at CSU and NIH he studied the regulation of Plasmodium (malaria parasite) development by mosquito innate immunity.
Dr. Kumar’s research is focused to understand the regulation of Plasmodium (malaria-causing parasite) development by mosquito innate immune system. His previous research characterized two peroxidase enzymes in the gut of mosquito which modulate innate immunity against natural symbiotic bacteria. Gene silencing of these peroxidases also suppress Plasmodium development (Kumar et al., 2010. Science. 327. 1644-48). Now he is studying the combined effect of mosquito peroxidases and other innate immune molecules on Plasmodium development through gene silencing methodology. In addition, he is also developing ways to manipulate novel mosquito immuno-active molecules which can block Plasmodium development and subsequent transmission among humans. The success of these strategies may save the life of millions around the globe and help in reducing malaria burden in human population
Research Article: J Clin Exp Cardiolog 2017, 8: 503
Review Article: Clin Med Biochem 2016, 2: 116
Research Article: J Rice Res 2016, 4: 164
Research Article: J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 2015, 3: 160