Sudhir Kumar, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
MVSc, Haryana Agricultural University (HAU)
BVSc, Haryana Agricultural University (HAU)

My long-term research goal is elucidating the cells and signals regulating kidney and urinary tract development. Specifically, I am interested in renin-expressing cells, pericytes, and podocyte biology and their role in kidney homeostasis and injury. I have extensive training in kidney developmental biology, mouse models for human diseases, molecular biology, molecular genetics, and veterinary medicine. I completed my PhD in mouse genetics from LMU Munich Germany. I did my postdoctoral training in Dr. Weining Lu’s lab at the Renal Section, Boston University Medical Campus. Currently, I am involved in different interdisciplinary research projects, which include: (1) the Role of Slit-Robo signaling in kidney development and podocyte biology and injury and (2) the role of transcription factor ZEB2 in kidney development and disease. In addition, I am also actively participating in mentoring and training Boston University graduate and undergraduate students.

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  1. Kumar S, Fan X, Rasouly HM, Sharma R, Salant DJ, Lu W. ZEB2 controls kidney stromal progenitor differentiation and inhibits abnormal myofibroblast expansion and kidney fibrosis. JCI Insight. 2023 Jan 10; 8(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36445780; PMCID: PMC9870089; DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.158418;
  2. Pisarek-Horowitz A, Fan X, Kumar S, Rasouly HM, Sharma R, Chen H, Coser K, Bluette CT, Hirenallur-Shanthappa D, Anderson SR, Yang H, Beck LH, Bonegio RG, Henderson JM, Berasi SP, Salant DJ, Lu W. Loss of Roundabout Guidance Receptor 2 (Robo2) in Podocytes Protects Adult Mice from Glomerular Injury by Maintaining Podocyte Foot Process Structure. Am J Pathol. 2020 04; 190(4):799-816.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32220420; PMCID: PMC7217334; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.12.009;
  3. Kumar S, Rathkolb B, Sabrautzki S, Krebs S, Kemter E, Becker L, Beckers J, Bekeredjian R, Brommage R, Calzada-Wack J, Garrett L, Hölter SM, Horsch M, Klingenspor M, Klopstock T, Moreth K, Neff F, Rozman J, Fuchs H, Gailus-Durner V, Hrabe de Angelis M, Wolf E, Aigner B. Standardized, systemic phenotypic analysis reveals kidney dysfunction as main alteration of Kctd1 I27N mutant mice. J Biomed Sci. 2017 Aug 17; 24(1):57. PMID: 28818080; PMCID: PMC5559776; DOI: 10.1186/s12929-017-0365-5;
  4. Fan X, Yang H, Kumar S, Tumelty KE, Pisarek-Horowitz A, Rasouly HM, Sharma R, Chan S, Tyminski E, Shamashkin M, Belghasem M, Henderson JM, Coyle AJ, Salant DJ, Berasi SP, Lu W. SLIT2/ROBO2 signaling pathway inhibits nonmuscle myosin IIA activity and destabilizes kidney podocyte adhesion. JCI Insight. 2016 11 17; 1(19):e86934.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27882344; PMCID: PMC5111509; DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.86934;
  5. Rasouly HM, Kumar S, Chan S, Pisarek-Horowitz A, Sharma R, Xi QJ, Nishizaki Y, Higashi Y, Salant DJ, Maas RL, Lu W. Loss of Zeb2 in mesenchyme-derived nephrons causes primary glomerulocystic disease. Kidney Int. 2016 Dec; 90(6):1262-1273.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27591083; PMCID: PMC5123919; DOI: 10.1016/j.kint.2016.06.037;
  6. Rieger A, Kemter E, Kumar S, Popper B, Aigner B, Wolf E, Wanke R, Blutke A. Missense Mutation of POU Domain Class 3 Transcription Factor 3 in Pou3f3L423P Mice Causes Reduced Nephron Number and Impaired Development of the Thick Ascending Limb of the Loop of Henle. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0158977. PMID: 27420727; PMCID: PMC4946790; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158977;
  7. Kumar S, Rathkolb B, Kemter E, Sabrautzki S, Michel D, Adler T, Becker L, Beckers J, Busch DH, Garrett L, Hans W, Hölter SM, Horsch M, Klingenspor M, Klopstock T, Rácz I, Rozman J, Vargas Panesso IL, Vernaleken A, Zimmer A, Fuchs H, Gailus-Durner V, Hrabe de Angelis M, Wolf E, Aigner B. Generation and Standardized, Systemic Phenotypic Analysis of Pou3f3L423P Mutant Mice. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0150472. PMID: 27003440; PMCID: PMC4803225; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150472;
  8. Kumar S, Rathkolb B, Budde BS, Nürnberg P, de Angelis MH, Aigner B, Schneider MR. Gsdma3(I359N) is a novel ENU-induced mutant mouse line for studying the function of Gasdermin A3 in the hair follicle and epidermis. J Dermatol Sci. 2012 Sep; 67(3):190-2. PMID: 22682752; DOI: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2012.05.001;

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2021 CTSI, Boston University: Pilot Grant Award
2011 LMU Munich, Germany: Magna Cum Laude, Doctoral thesis
2008 Bavarian Research Foundation Munich, Germany: PhD scholarship
2007 Industrial training award, Dept. of Biotechnology
2006 University scholarship during M.V.Sc. programme
1998 Distinction, Senior Secondary examination
1996 Merit Award, High School examination
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Kidney development, Pericyte biology, Renin cell biology, SLIT-ROBO signaling, ZEB2
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