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Meet Dr. Kumari

My academic training and research experiences have provided me a broad background in Biological Sciences. I worked on various aspects of reproductive biology and developmental toxicology during my PhD from National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad, India. After coming to the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor in 2012, my initial postdoctoral research was on epigenetics to characterize novel X-chromosome linked long non-coding RNA. I then moved to a long standing postdoctoral position in the Mistretta lab at UM in the field of Hedgehog signaling regulation of taste organs. 

I was awarded an AChems “Polak Young Investigator Award” and a “Polak Postdoctoral Travel Award” and received a small grant from the UM Center of Organogenesis in support of my research. I then initialized experiments to define the gene expression and regulation in distinct compartments of the tongue to understand the fundamental biology of taste versus non-taste organs. The study attained funding by NIH NIDCD Early Career Research Award (R21). This career building grant has enhanced my ability to be an independent investigator and provided me the opportunity to join Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Jan, 2020. My career goal is to continue research in regulation of taste system development and maintenance.