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I am an experienced professional in research and management experience in application of genome technologies. Core competencies include strategic planning in establishing research facilities and technological platforms in high-throughput genomics area from the start-up phase, process automation, management of biomedical sciences research programs, networking skills, business development in life sciences field, ability to work in elite top-tier established organizations and fast paced global start-ups.

I have acquired multi-cultural competencies by working with several elite institutions of the world namely National University of Singapore, Imperial College London, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Qatar Foundation and currently at the King’s College London.

I joined KCL since Oct 2021 as a core manager to run the Genomics and Biobanking facilities at IoPPN. I obtained PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2002.


Research Interests:

Application of genome technologies in addressing biomedical and healthcare challenges.


  • Brumm S, Singh MK, Nielsen ME, Ritcher S, Beckmann H, Stierhof YD, Fischer AM, Kumaran MK et al., Coordinated Activation of ARF1 GTPases by ARF-GEF GNOM Dimers Is Essential for Vesicle Trafficking in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell: 2020.


  • Mojib N, Amad M, Thimma M, Kumaran MK, and Irigoien X (2014). Carotenoid metabolic profiling and transcriptome-genome mining reveal functional equivalence among blue-pigmented copepods and appendicularia. Molecular Ecology:23,2740-2756.


  • Petretto E, Sarwar R, Grieve I, Lu H, Kumaran MK, Hubner N, Pinto YM, Pravenec M, Aitman TJ and Cook SA (2008). Integrated genomic approaches identify Osteoglycin (Ogn) as a novel determinant of left ventricular mass. Nature Genetics: 40, 546-552.


  • Seth A, Steel JH, Nichol D, Pocock V, Kumaran MK, …Parker M (2007). The Transcriptional Corepressor RIP140 Regulates Oxidative Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle. Cell Metabolism (Cell Press): 6, 236-245


  • Petretto E, Mangion J, Dickens N, Cook SA, Kumaran MK, Lu H, Fischer J, Maatz H, Kren V, Pravenec M, Hubner N and Aitman TJ (2006). Heritability and tissue-specificity of expression QTLs. PLoS Genetics: 20; 2(10):e172


  • Lung HK, Cheng LY, Kumaran MK, Liu ET, Chan CY, Murakami Y, Stanbridge EJ and Lung ML (2004). Fine mapping of the 11q22-23 tumor suppressive region and involvement of TSLC1 in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. International Journal of Cancer: 112, 628-635


  • Kumaran MK, Bowman JL and Sundaresan V (2002). YABBY polarity specifying genes repress KNOX homeobox genes in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell: 14, 2761-2770