Dr. Vinay Kumar has been named the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Pathology. He is a long-time ASIP Member and was the recipient of the 2019 ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Award which is the highest honor granted by the American Society for Investigative Pathology.
Kumar is a pioneer in the field of the cellular and molecular biology of natural killer cells and a global leader in medical education.
He was one of the first to propose the existence of a novel subset of lymphoid cells with antileukemic activity, subsequently identified as natural killer cells.
Prof. Kumar’s research has led to greater understanding of the origin and differentiation of these cells and their role in the rejection of transplanted bone marrow.
His team of researchers is also credited with discovering that mutations in the human perforin gene give rise to severe and fatal disorders of immune dysregulation
Kumar is the senior editor and co-author of five pathology textbooks, including Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, which has been translated into more than 13 languages and is the most widely used pathology text in the world.
Among the many honors he has received for his research, is election as a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences in 2004.
Kumar was born in India in 1944, and graduated with a science degree from Fergusson College, Poona University. He went on to get his medical degree from Punjab University Medical College in Amritsar at the young age of 22.