Aaram Kumar

Aaram Kumar

My name is Aaram, but I respond fairly well to anything ranging from Ram to “Hey, You!” I grew up in the small yet beautiful city of Thiruvananthapuram in the Southern part of India, famous for its pristine beaches and Ayurveda. Quite the science fan as a kid, I always wanted to be a scientist (that is when I wasn’t busy making plans to become a green robot! But hey, I was just eight, so.) It is this love for science that landed me at the National Institute of Science Education and Research in Bhubaneswar, India from where I received my Integrated Masters Degree in Biology.

The same reason made me fly half-way around the world to come to Vanderbilt because I had heard that it is one of the best places in the world to do research, especially in biomedical sciences. And for once, the rumors were true – Vandy is simply amazing! The faculty members are exceptionally proficient in teaching and research, and are great with the students. And the VISP personnel include some of the most helpful people I have ever encountered. I personally think Nashville hosts a bunch of really cool, nice people, most of whom - like me (!) – must have fallen in love with its scenic beauty, music and mysterious Southern charm!

I maintain a keen research interest in the areas of immunology and infectious disease biology. Now infections are bad, but figuring out how our body fights against them, I must say, feels pretty good!  So upon finishing my lab rotations, I joined Dr. Luc Van Kaer's lab where I am currently studying the role of different cells of the immune system in regulating respiratory infections and how obesity can alter these responses.

When I am not busy breaking beakers in the lab or coming up with grand ideas to save the planet, I love playing soccer and chess. I read quite a bit too and write sporadically when caffeinated to the right amount.