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Dr. Kevin K. Kumar was born in New York City and grew up in Long Island, New York. He attended college at Cornell University where he majored in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. After graduation, Dr. Kumar joined the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt University to earn his combined MD/PhD. He completed his PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Bowman, where he studied the regulation of manganese in both Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease using high throughput screening, induced pluripotent stem cells, and untargeted metabolomics. He then began his neurosurgery residency at Stanford. As a resident, Dr. Kumar completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Marius Wernig in the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. His work focused on developing a platform to replace microglia in the brain as a novel therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders. From 2023-2024, Dr. Kumar will serve as Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. In addition to his clinical duties, he will continue to advance cellular therapeutics for pediatric neurological diseases.