Dr. Dharmakumar earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Physics, Master of Science in Mathematics and PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. He received postdoctoral training in cardiovascular MRI at the University of Toronto and then at Northwestern University.
In 2006, he joined the faculty in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern and was recruited to Cedars-Sinai in 2011 as Associate Professor. There, he held various leadership roles at the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, including Associate Director, Director of translational cardiac imaging research and finally Co-director of PET/MRI research, a role he held since 2014. In 2018, he was promoted to Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai, and Professor in Department of Medicine at UCLA.
In 2021, he was recruited to become the inaugural Executive Director of the Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Under his leadership, Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center aspires to create a research base that embraces all aspects of science, engineering and medicine to transform our current understanding of cardiovascular disease for developing novel diagnostics and therapeutics to displace heart disease as the leading cause of death. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH has continually funded his work since his first appointment as faculty.