42149-Kumar, Sandeep

Sandeep Kumar, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics

R4 112
Indianapolis, IN


I received my doctoral degree from one of India’s premier institute (National Institute of Virology) in virus research. During my PhD, I studied evolution of viruses and I was trained to handle viruses belonging to BSL-3 category. Following my PhD, I joined as a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia polytechnic and State University. While I was at Virginia Tech I acquired expertise in reverse genetics, molecular pathology and innate immune responses to Influenza viruses. To broaden my areas of expertise, I joined for a second postdoctoral position at University of Florida where I studied innate immune responses and tolerance induction in the context of gene therapy utilizing Adeno associated viral (AAV) vectors. Currently, my research focuses on understanding the mechanisms leading to innate immune sensing and the their role in eliciting a cellular immune response to AAV vectors and transgenes.? 

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education
    2017 Postdoctoral Training University of Florida
    2013 Postdoctoral Training Virginia Polytechnic & Science University
    2008 PhD University of Pune
    2003 MS Panjab University
    2000 BS Kurukshetra University
  • Professional Organizations
    American Association of Immunologists
    American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

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