Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Texas A&M University
Dr. Narendra Kumar is a Tenured Associate Professor and Founding director of Graduate Studies at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kumar completed his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and postdoctoral training from the University of Tennessee Health science center. Before joining TAMU in 2008, Dr. Kumar held a joint appointment as instructor of Physiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee HSC and Le Bonheur Children Medical Center respectively. Dr. Kumar completed two fellowships, first from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) on Gastrointestinal disorders and the second from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) on Research Leadership. Since 2016, Dr. Kumar was involved in developing the graduate program in Pharmaceutical sciences here at Texas A&M University, first as a Chair of the Graduate Program Committee from 2016-2021, and then as the Founding Director of the Graduate studies. Dr. Kumar teaches immunology, biochemistry, pharmacogenomics, and autoimmune diseases under Pharm D program and Biotech Drugs and Vaccine Product Development under PhD program. In research, Dr. Kumar is the recipient of over 29 different awards some of them include Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Research Fellowship Award, CCFA Career Development Award, National Institute of Health (NIH) Basic Scientist Career Development Award, NIH-SBIR award, and American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) Institute Research Scholar Award Finalist. He has published a combined total of over 100 abstracts, book chapters, peer reviewed research articles, and patents. His research focuses on understanding the signaling pathways to find therapeutic targets for chronic inflammatory diseases such as IBD, Colorectal cancer, Obesity associated metabolic syndrome and neuroinflammatory dementia.