Meena Kumari obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in endocrinology and biochemistry, Ph.M. degree in neuroendocrinology, and Ph.D. degree in andrology from the University of Delhi, India. She received the prestigious Alexander von- Humboldt Fellowship which brought her to Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. At Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, she studied the epigenetic regulation of the testis-specific enzyme, Ldh-C. At the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, her goal was to understand the epigenetic regulation, including methylation, histone analysis, and DNAse hypersensitivity, of several developmentally regulated testicular enzymes. At the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, USA, she worked in the field of neurobiology of addiction, and since that time her research has focused on alcohol-mediated gene expression of NMDA receptors. Currently, she is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, KS, USA. Kumari’s research in the field of the neurobiology of addiction focuses on alcohol-mediated gene expression of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDA). The bulk of Kumari’s research efforts is directed toward understanding the posttranscriptional events that increase expression of the NMDA receptor subunit, GluN1. Her areas of expertise include NMDA receptor gene expression, epigenetic regulation of gene expression, RNA splicing, protein chemistry, electron, and fluorescence microscopy.
Biography Updated on 14 July 2012