Dr. Vinod Kumar is an interdisciplinary researcher with a diverse research background. Dr. Kumar received his Doctorate degree (2014) from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in the engineering of advanced carbon nanostructures for various biomedical applications. Thereafter, he underwent for his first postdoctoral training (2014-2016) from the Institute of Nano Science & Technology and developed an expertise in Nano-bio-analytical systems/devices for an early stage screening of cardiac disease biomarkers. Subsequently, he moved to the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where continued expanding his skills in advanced analytical domains i.e. Nanopores, Nano-fluidics etc. During his tenure at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2016-2019), he got training in the fabrication and bio-functionalization of nanopore towards improved analytical outcomes for small molecules, and for error-free nucleic acid/ peptide sequencing. Following his return to India (2020), as a senior researcher at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, he began investigating the role of nanomaterials in stem cell engineering, with the goal to develop a pancreatic organoid (as a model system) for understanding the pathophysiology of various environmental diabetogens in Type 2 diabetes, while also designing biopolymer-based edible scaffolds for the development of alternative protein source.
Honors, Awards and Fellowships:
2020-Best Researcher Award in an International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterials, Rama University, Kanpur, India
2020- Senior Demonstratorship, Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, Lucknow, India
2016-Krietman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
2015-SERB-Young Scientist Fast Track grant, SERB-Department of Science & Technology, India
2015-Ruchi Ram Sahni Researcher award in CRIKC Nanoscience Day at Institute of Nano Science & Technology, Mohali, India
2014-Institute of Nano Science & Technology-Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mohali, India
2014-Best Ph. D. thesis presentation award in an International Conference on Recent Advances in Analytic Sciences,
Banaras Hindu University, India
2014-Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-Extended Senior Research Fellowship, India
2014- Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research, Banaras Hindu University, India.
2013-International student exchange fellowship to visit National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
2007-Junior and Senior Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India