Priti Kumar, PhD

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases

Research Interests

T-Lymphocytes; RNA Interference; Infectious Disease Medicine; Molecular Targeted Therapy

Research Organizations

Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases

Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Molecular Virology: Virology laboratories

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

The Kumar laboratory conducts translational research with a main focus on the development of novel gene therapies for viral infections. Over the last 7 years as faculty at Yale, Dr. Kumar’s laboratory has been involved in understanding pathogenesis of RNA viruses like HIV and West Nile virus in relevant small animal models and expanding research efforts for prevention and treatment of infections caused by these viruses. Notable advances from the group have been the development and testing of novel gene therapeutic strategies for HIV in humanized mice, with the goal of enabling in vivo gene therapy in humans.

Extensive Research Description

The current focus of my lab is to refine the above methods and use them to investigate key aspects of HIV immunopathogenesis and AIDS-associated T cell loss. In addition we have also developed a novel method for the specific delivery of nucleic acids into neuronal cells and used this to treat flaviviral infections like West Nile and Zika viruses in mouse models.

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Priti Kumar, PhD
Mailing Address
Internal Medicine/Infectious DiseasesPO Box 208022
25 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510