Krishna Kumar Professor and Chair, Chemistry, Associate Member, Cancer Center,
Tufts-New England Medical Center, Adjunct Professor, Department of
BACKGROUND: Born in Madras, India; Ph.D., organic chemistry,
Brown University; Skaggs Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute; at
Tufts since 1998.
RESEARCH: De novo design and construction of proteins,
especially those with nonstick properties; also probing the evolution
of proteins by using bioinformatics to deconstruct enzymes to the
smallest pieces that still have catalytic properties.
ABOUT HIS WORK: "We use two complementary approaches.
One is to take inspiration from biology, to push the frontiers of
understanding of how biology works and use that understanding to do
chemistry. The second is to use chemistry to endow extra-biological
properties to molecules and organisms."
WHY TUFTS: "We have a dual mission of education and
research, and I find that Tufts does both quite well. They are
synergistic-you can't do cutting-edge research without engaging in
and benefiting from teaching, and students must be involved in pushing
the research envelope to receive a top education and train other