RBCDSAI Seminar - Dr. Vivek Kumar


Topic: Application of machine vision for scalable and reproducible neuroscience and for psychiatric drug development

The Kumar lab works on the genetic and neural circuitry of complex behaviours, particularly reward-related behaviours. We apply computational, genetic, and genomic methods to understand mechanisms underlying complex behaviours. The field of behaviour quantification is undergoing a technology-based revolution with broad impacts on neurogenetics and drug development. I will speak about the applications of computer vision and machine learning to complex behaviour analysis and discuss its potential applications.


Dr. Vivek Kumar carried out undergraduate research in Bob Haselkorn’s lab at the University of Chicago, where he worked on bacterial genetics. He obtained his PhD at UCSD in the laboratory of M. Geoff Rosenfeld working on transcriptional repression mechanisms. He carried out postdoctoral work with Dr. Joseph Takahashi at Northwestern University and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he used forward genetic methods to dissect reward pathways in mice. More info about the Kumar lab: kumarlab jax The Jackson Laboratory is a non-profit biomedical research institute that is almost 100 years old. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in its shared quest to improve human health. More info here www.jax.org