Dilip Kumar is a trained structural biologist. He uses X-ray crystallography and cryogenic electron microscopy to visualize the native structure of macromolecular complexes and viral assemblies. Dr. Kumar completed his M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences at Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, Delhi University.
He was in CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), Delhi, for his doctoral research. There he worked on nucleic acid modulating enzymes from mycobacteria and determined the first full-length structure of mycobacterial nanoRNase. Later, Dr. Kumar joined the Prasad Lab at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, for his postdoctoral research. His research at Baylor focused on the structural and functional aspects of replication and transcription machinery of rotaviruses, a major gastroenteric pathogen, and successfully determined the first full-length cryo-EM structure of rotavirus capping machinery.
Dr. Kumar’s lab at Ashoka University focuses on pathogenic viruses’ replication and transcription processes and the therapeutic potential of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies against viral infections. He is also keen on devising novel antiviral strategies against emerging viruses.