Building the Grant Timetree of Life
September 16, 2014
Sudhir Kumar, Ph.D., is director of Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine and Carnell Professor of Biology at Temple University. He is an interdisciplinary scientist who merges evolutionary biology, genetics, and computational thinking to tackle long-standing questions in personalized medicine and evolutionary genomics. He has made pioneering efforts in developing bioinformatics tools and databases for the analysis of gene expression patterns from early stages of the fruit fly development. He has also conducted breakthrough work using protein molecular clocks to illuminate the Evolutionary Timescale of Life. Dr. Kumar led the team that developed the Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software in order to make useful methods of comparative sequence analysis easily accessible to the scientific community for research and education. Dr. Kumar holds a doctoral degree in genetics, a master’s degree in biological sciences, and a baccalaureate degree electrical and electronics engineering. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), President of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology and Evolution. He is recipient of an Innovation Award in Functional Genomics from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund.