Position: Laurel H. Carnell Professor, and Director of the Institute of Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine
Office location: Science Education and Research Center (SERC) , Room 602A
Phone number: 215-204-1647
Joined CIS: 2014
Sudhir Kumar joined CIS as a Carnell Professor. His primary appointment is in the Department of Biology and he is the founding director of the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine (iGEM). Dr. Kumar uses informatics as primary research tool to discover biological patterns and to make predictions in subject matters spanning the tree of life to the diagnosis of disease mutations. He has developed many algorithms, statistical methods, computer software, and web databases in biology and genomics. Recently, Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch designated him the Most Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in the last 10 years. Dr. Kumar has written over 150 papers, including many citation classics and hot papers. Dr. Kumar was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for exemplary contributions in evolutionary bioinformatics, particularly in developing high-impact comparative analysis software for biologists and in illuminating the evolutionary dynamics of mutations and species through comparative genomics. He would like iGEM to catalyze strong collaborations across departments and colleges by embarking on new cross-cutting research project and recruiting faculty members in genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology.