Kumar Vaibhav

Assistant Professor

Kumar Vaibhav

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Neurosurgery

The Graduate School

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions: Medical Laboratory, Imaging and Radiologic Sciences

Bio

I am a PhD in Toxicology (Neuroscience and Pharmacology) and have an extensive training in Neuropharmacology, neuroimmunology and Neurobiology. My lab is currently working on Brain Injury induced neuroinflammation. Heterogenous nature of TBI and stroke attracts our attention towards it and encourages us to elucidate the mechanism behind TBI-induced inflammation and subsequent secondary injury progression.

Education

  • Ph.D., Toxicology Hamdard University, 2013

  • MS, Toxicology Hamdard University, 2006

  • BSCHEM, Chemistry, General Vinoba Bhave University, 2002

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award 2022 Medical college of Georgia faculty Senate, 2022

  • 2020 AURI Emerging Scienst Award AURI, 2020

  • AURI Start Up AURI, 2020

  • R01 grant NIH, 2020

  • NICHD NCMRR R03 NICHD NIH, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BMNN 5101

    Nervous SyS & Neuroscience I

Teaching Interests

1. BMNN-5101 (A) (Nervous system & Neuroscience I); 2021 Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences, Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta. The program includes lecture on “blood supply of CNS and lesions of CNS (3.5 h). The lectures were evaluated as “A” by Dental College of Georgia.

2. MEDI 5088; 2020 AU Medical scholar program. The program includes lecture on research update, monthly discussion with Clinicians and researchers, and mentoring medical students. Each Semester 2-3 students are assigned to the lab, who works according to schedule to acquire research skills.

3. BIOM 8040 / 8050 / 8060; Laboratory Rotation. The program includes rotation of undergrad students from The Graduate School to acquire lab essence and get used of research work.

4. OBMP/OBPR 9010 (M); 2019; AU Graduate Oral Biology Course (Graduate Oral Biology Seminar Series). I gave single lecture for 1 h to DCG audience on immune regulation by cannabinoid system.

5. BIOL 4700; 2018; Advanced Cell Biology course for AU undergraduates (2 lectures, each for 1 h). These two lectures were based on cellular signaling mediated by NF-kB and JAK/STAT.

6. NEURO8310: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience; 2017-present; AU Graduate School of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicines. My role is as ad-hoc facilitator in absence of Dr. Dhandapani to conduct the journal club on Wednesday and facilitate the talks. On average, it includes 2-4 sessions.

7. Neurotoxicology lab modules; 2006-2013; JH Master Students, Hamdard University, New Delhi. The modules required to teach neurochemical and neurobehavioral techniques to Masters Student. It also required to mentor 2-3 students per semester for master dissertation in the final semester.

8. AP Chemistry; 2008; Manya Education Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi. I was involved in teaching online US/UK based undergrad/Graduate student for Chemistry online, and help them to build concepts regarding organic formulations, chemical reactions and covalent bonding. It involved 5-8 students’ interaction per session each day.

9. Primary and Middle School Science; 2002-2004; Oxford Academy, Patna. As a teacher, I was responsible to conduct the class for Science subjects, to complete the curriculum within time, and to conduct exam to evaluate performance of students.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • 810 Aberrant Immune Activation Drives Chronic White Matter Loss After Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Aberrant Immune Activation Drives Chronic White Matter Loss After Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury, 2022
    Conference Proceeding
  • Assessing the Performance and Suitability of FPGAs as Hardware Accelerator for Software Programmers, 2022
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Black seed (Nigella sativa): Pharmacological and therapeutic applications in endocrine dysfunction, 2022
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • ENDOCANNABINOIDS 2-ARACHIDONOYLGLYCEROL AS AN IMMUNE MODULATOR OF NEUROVASCULAR RECOVERY AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, 2022
    Conference Proceeding

Research Interests

Our interest lies in mechanistic aspects of brain injury and consecutive inflammation. TBI/ICH is heterogenous in its etiology, thus present a big challenge in front of us. Timely, reduction of imflammation is the key to recovery from Brain Injury. Our focus is to enhance the endogenous recovery processes so that injury can be reduced. We have investigated the role of cannabinoid system, DNAse I, Metformin/AMPK and RIC to modulate immune cells (Neutrophils, macrophages, ILC etc.) to minimize cerebrovascular injury in acute and chronic phase.

Department Service

  • Mentoring Med students, Undergrads, postdocs, research associates/assistant 2014 - Present

    Role: Mentor

College Service

  • MCG Admissions MMI 2021 - Present

    Role: Other

University Service

  • AURI Award application reviewer 2021 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
  • The Graduate School, Augusta University 2021 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Graduate Research Committee 2020 - 2022

    Role: Faculty Advisor

Professional Service

  • Frontiers in Neuroscience 2022 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Society for Neurochemistry in India (SNCI) 2021 - Present

    Role: Session Chair
  • Biomed (MDPI) 2021 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Department of Defense (Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program (TBIPH) Grant Reviewer 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society 2021 - Present

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • Stevens Creek Elementary School, Augusta 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • The HTS 2014 - Present

    Role: Task Force Member
  • Augusta University 2014 - 2018

    Role: Other
  • Goodwill Industries- Shift #2 2018

  • HTS Soup Kitchen 2016 - 2017

    Role: Other