Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
Dr. Kumar is the director of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) at North Carolina Central University. He has a 12-month appointment with the University and is a tenured professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. As director of BBRI, Dr. Kumar serves as the scientific leader of NCCU’s BBRI research facilities in Durham and Kannapolis, NC (North Carolina Research Campus-NCRC).
He is charged with providing leadership for a broadly based research portfolio, which includes cancer, cardio-metabolic disorders, neuroscience and nutrition. He has the responsibility of providing scientific guidance on the planning, direction and implementation of NCCU’s research enterprise, as well as providing leadership to individuals and teams of investigators in developing a strategic approach for increasing the innovation and competitiveness of research.