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Chemistry Seminar on Biomaterial Drugs  

Photo of Professor Vivek KumarThe Rose Mercadante Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series is pleased to present a seminar by Professor Vivek Kumar of the New Jersey Institute of Technology entitled "Short Peptide Biomaterial Drugs."

The seminar will be held on Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 5:45 – 7 p.m. in the Helen Lerner Amphitheater, Science and Technology Center, Seton Hall University. Refreshments are available at 5:30 p.m.

Vivek Kumar received his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2006, and doctorate degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. His expertise is in the area of tissue engineering, drug development and delivery, and specific research interests are in the area of inflammation modulation and angiogenesis, especially in understanding the role of small growth factor or cytokine mimics’ ability to signal biological processes. He is the co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 2 dozen abstracts, co-inventor on over a half dozen patents/applications, and serial entrepreneur (2 startups to-date).

Dr. Kumar has served at the New Jersey Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering with courtesy appointments in the Chemical Engineering department and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. In addition to teaching a graduate class in Biomedical Translation and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Kumar teaches Advanced Biomaterials to budding Undergraduate Tissue Engineers. Dr. Kumar strives to encourage research involvement in undergraduate pedagogy, developed holistic and well-rounded bioengineers, capable of interacting, adapting and contributing to the rapidly changing research arena. From biomaterials design, drug discovery to drug delivery – research in the KumarLab aims at translating technologies in startups towards treating a wide array of pathologies. To this end, Dr. Kumar has served on numerous NSF SBIR/STTR panels and journal reviews. For those who made it this far into the story – check out his latest start-up in a completely different space – Parking!

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees with specializations in all areas of chemistry. Our unique research environment, including traditional full-time students and part-time students is designed to foster collaborations with industry and colleagues in other disciplines. The Rose Mercadante Seminar Series is named for Rose Mercadante, the departmental secretary for over 40 years, in honor of our alumni, her "boys and girls."

Categories: Science and Technology

For more information, please contact:

  • Maureen Grutt
  • (973) 761-9414
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