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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Vivek Kumar

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Vivek Kumar

Vivek Kumar

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Office phone: 207-288-6917
Campus: JAX - Bar Harbor, Maine
Office: NRB 2090
Laboratory: 
NRB 2090
Education: 
AB, Biology, University of Chicago
PhD, Biology, University of California - San Diego
Postdoctoral Training, Northwestern University; University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center
Research synopsis: 

The Kumar lab studies neural circuits in the brain whose misregulation leads to behavioral abnormalities including addiction, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder,and depression. Using mouse molecular genetics as a foundation, and a combination of biochemistry, physiology, and imaging techniques, we dissect these complex behaviors in mammals using forward genetic ethylnitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis screens and quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis—to identify genes and pathways that regulate these behaviors. Powerful and unbiased, forward genetic approaches make no a priori assumptions and only require a clear, well-defined assay for gene discovery.