Sudhir Kumar

Sudhir Kumar

Assistant Professor

The major focus of my work is to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlining sexual stage differentiation and gamete fertility in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. These stages and underlying processes are critical for parasite transmission to the mosquito vector. Another line of research in my lab is to understand the mechanism of drug resistance in P. falciparum.

Patterson Hall
1800 Christensen Dr
Ames, IA 50011-1134
Phone 515-294-5215


B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India, 2008
M.Sc. Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Delhi, India, 2011
Ph.D. Malaria: Cell Biology, Signaling, Biochemistry, National Institute of Immunology / Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India., 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, WA, USA. 2017-2021
Research Scientist: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, WA, USA. 2021-2023

Interdepartmental Programs

Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Area of Expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Signaling and cellular differentiation 
  • Genetic crosses
  • Gamete fertility