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Award: Imaging Scientist


Abhishek Kumar, PhD

Marine Biological Laboratory (Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering)


Abhishek Kumar is a a CZI Imaging Scientist and MBL Investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Formerly, he was an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland. Abhishek completed his MS degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and his PhD at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in physics. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale Medical School and at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Abhishek has been associated with the MBL since 2013 as a Whitman Center scientist, a participant in the Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy advanced training course, and a Grass Fellowship recipient in 2015.

Project Description

Dr. Kumar develops optical microscopes that enable biological scientists to learn how molecules, cells, and organisms function. His goal is to innovate new imaging technologies at MBL that address an increasingly diverse set of biological questions, ranging from the development of new model systems, to the structure of microbial communities, to understanding how organisms adapt to ecological changes. At MBL, he will develop a light sheet microscope that can be used for live imaging of larger organisms and embryos, such as squid or fish, at higher speed and for longer time periods. Dr. Kumar will also catalyze collaborations among the hundreds of scientists, faculty, students, and industry experts who convene at MBL for research at the interface of biology, microscopy instrument development, and computational image analysis.