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Dr. Janardan Kumar holds a Ph.D. from the Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India, and an master’s from the University of Allahabad in India, both in biochemistry. He is chair of the natural sciences department at Becker College and is actively engaged in the advancement of course curriculum in microbiology and chemistry.
Prior to coming to Becker College, while a research assistant professor at Tufts University, Dr. Kumar engineered a new digital perfusion system used for the discovery of drugs to treat glaucoma. In his position as research associate and research assistant professor at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, he published his work on kinectin, a novel diagnostic marker of autoimmune diseases, in Science (1995). As a staff scientist at TEI in Boston, he identified a successful strategy for making insulin-producing cells from human skin fibroblast (human adult stem cells).
Since 2007, Dr. Kumar has been actively engaged in developing the biotechnology/biology major at Becker College. He took the initiative of obtaining major research equipment from Harvard and Tufts University. He organized a meeting with academic deans, and also invited a visiting faculty team from the College of the Holy Cross to find course unification in the development of the chemistry curriculum. With the help of Dr. James Stone, Dr. Kumar registered Becker College on an NIH eRA account so natural science faculty can submit grants to NIH for college development funding programs and research programs. Dr. Kumar also continues his efforts to submit a $500,000 R15 grant to NIH for the establishment of a research facility at Becker College.
Dr. Kumar is an internationally recognized scientist and has published research in several scientific journals. He has succeeded in making insulin-producing cells, using adult human skin fibroblasts, an important discovery in the fight against diabetes. Dr. Kumar has presented his work at several conferences, including the National Science Foundation Conference held in Massachusetts in 2007 and the Gordon Research Conference in Maine in 2010. Dr. Kumar's work has been published in IOVS and in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry.
An expert in his field, Dr. Kumar has been invited to be an organizing committee member for the OMICS 5th International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, to be held August 4-6, 2015, in Valencia, Spain. He co-chaired sessions on glaucoma and neuro-opthamology at the OMICS 4th International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, which was held in July, 2014, in Baltimore, Md. Click here to view his 2014 presentation.
Dr. Kumar has reviewed several papers from a number of scientific journals. He was invited to review papers from Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), a highly reputed and peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of eye research.
Dr. Kumar’s future goals are to advance specialized technical skills to Becker College nursing and veterinary science students in the areas of biotechnology and eye research, for the purpose of expanding their job opportunities, and to continue to promote research at the College.