Kumar obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology at UCSI University, Malaysia (advisor: Renee Lim Lay Hong, Ph.D.). At UCSI University, his research interests included heterologous expression of recombinant proteins and candidate gene studies of myopia and obesity in Malaysian adolescents. Kumar subsequently obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Miami (advisor: Olaf Bodamer, MD, PhD) in 2016. For his Ph.D., he focused on the genetics of preterm birth, which included whole exome sequencing analysis of a Miami-Latino population and an integrated analysis (RNA-seq and methylation) of a longitudinally ascertained birth cohort.
Currently, Kumar is a research fellow advised by Aarno Palotie, M.D., Ph.D., at the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) and Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit (ATGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard Medical School. He is working on understanding genetic risks for migraine in the largest ascertained migraine family cohort.
His general research interests are in human genetic epidemiology, particularly in modeling and understanding complex genetic diseases.