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Shekhar Kumar

Shekhar Kumar

Dr. Shekhar Kumar is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Sriram Krishnaswamy’s laboratory in the Hematology Division of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before joining Dr. Krishnaswamy’s lab, he received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India.

In his JGP postdoctoral research, Dr. Kumar will be seeking a better understanding of the prothrombinase assembly and the vital role of membranes in the acceleration of clotting reactions. Dr. Kumar’s project will generate some new structural insights about the membrane dependent assembly of the prothrombinase complex and the molecular and structural determinants of high affinity membrane binding in coagulation factor V.  The information gleaned from these studies will provide molecular and biochemical insights into the role of FVa in regulating hemostasis and further elucidate the interactions between coagulation complexes.