We are a group of geneticists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists who are passionate about discoveries of novel targets and models for mental illness through innovation at the confluence of computational, genetic, and genomic methods.
The Kumar Laboratory is located at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. We study neural circuits in the brain whose misregulation leads to behavioral abnormalities including addiction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and depression. Using mouse molecular genetics as a foundation, and a combination of computational, biochemistry, physiology, and imaging techniques, we dissect these complex conditions in mammals.
Primarily, we use functional genomic approaches in mice to identify genes and pathways that regulate these behaviors. We seek to develop better models of human diseases that can be used by the biomedical research community for therapeutics. Recently, we have applied machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to understand animal behavior at high spatial and temporal resolution, objectively, and over long periods of time. Our work has been published in numerous high impact journals such as Science, eLife, Nature Communications Biology, among others.
Latest Lab News and Blogs:
Had a great time on our stroll to Hadlock Falls! Some blueberries were obtained and the water felt great!
Brian led the lab in search of blueberries and found a snake. It's a smooth green snake. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_green_snake Everyone got to pose with the non-venomous snake.
Hike up Champlain
The lab celebrated the summer with our annual pirate golf and BBQ. It was also Sandeep's last day in the lab. This is the 6th (or 7th) year of Pirate Golf.
A smaller group hiked around Eagle Lake on Friday.
Jaycee and Vivek attended the Tufts Genetics Retreat in Freeport, Maine. Jaycee presented a poster and got second place. Great job Jaycee!