Latest information on COVID-19
Support teaching, research, and patient care.
Dr. Ajay Kumar is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Stanford University. Dr. Kumar is a stem cell biologist by training and has been working in the stem cell field for more than a decade. His primary interest is to devise novel stem cell-based and cell-free therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, other neurodegenerative diseases, and aging. He devised a new method to mimic the development of the human retina in a dish and a new treatment strategy for glaucoma using stem cell secretome. Dr. Kumar is the recipient of multiple awards and has published more than 25 peer-reviewed papers in esteemed journals. He wishes to establish regenerative medicine-based therapies for different diseases which can benefit patients.
My main project is based on devising a treatment for Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) by using skin biopsies from AION patients and differentiating fibroblast to retinal ganglion cells ultimately. I am also working on strategies to regenerate retinal ganglion cells in optic nerve crush model.