T.K.S. Kumar, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Fulbright College. Kumar’s research embraces a wide range of topics, including the exploration of molecular mechanisms involved in cell growth, cell differentiation, wound healing and the onset of cancer; and the design of new antifungal and anticancer drugs.
His work has drawn numerous honors students to his research lab: Since 2006 he has directed 20 honors theses and served on 15 additional defense committees. Currently he is overseeing the preparation of seven research manuscripts coauthored with honors students for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Kumar regularly teaches honors biochemistry courses, and he is serving on the Honors College strategic planning committee. Kumar’s daughters Gaya and Vasu are both Honors College Fellows.