Vivek Kumar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine



AB, Biology, University of Chicago
PhD, Biology, University of California - San Diego
Postdoctoral Training, Northwestern University; University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center



Campus: The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
Office: NRB 2090
Laboratory: NRB 2090

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-288-6917

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Graduate Programs



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.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research