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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:
Yehya passes their qualifying exam.
Yehya passed their quals in June 2022. Congratulations on becoming an official PhD candidate.
Kumar Lab organizes a symposium on Machine Learning and Behavior Quantification at IBANGS
The International Brain and Neural Genetics Society organized its 23rd Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting on May 23rd-27th, 2022 in Memphis at the UTHSC. The meeting was hybrid with over 100 participants. Vivek organized a symposium titled Behavior...
Tufts Genetics and Neuro PhD Students Meet at JAX for a Retreat
Tufts students in the Genetics and Neuroscience programs joined together on April 11 - April 13 in the annual effort to facilitate community between the Boston-based and Bar Harbor-based students. The three-day retreat featured student-talk sessions, student-poster...
Vivek attends the SFARI Investigator Meeting in New York
Vivek attended the SFARI Investigator's meeting on April 11-13 in NYC. The meeting booklet is here. The meeting had ~200 investigators with a wide array of topics from human genetics to systems neuroscience.
Spectrum Magazine covers our gait/posture methods
Spectrum is a leading online magazine for autism research and treatment. Holly Barker from Spectrum interviewed Vivek and wrote this piece about our Cell Reports paper. ...
Kumar Lab Receives a 2021 SFARI Director’s Award
Press announcement here - the work will fund monitoring of ASD models using our long-term methods. We appreciate the support from SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) which is one of the most innovative funding agencies for biomedical research....