Pratik Kumar, PhD

Pratik Kumar, PhD

HHMI Postdoctoral Associate

Janelia Research Campus

  I am an HHMI postdoc with Luke Lavis (Janelia). I use fluorescent dyes to make reagents for cell biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and imaging.
  During my PhD with Scott Laughlin, I made light and enzyme-controlled cyclopropenes for bioorthogonal labeling/imaging in cellular systems. Before coming to the US, as an undergrad, I worked on bactericidal, cationic gemini surfactants with Jayanta Haldar.
  I strongly care about effective mentoring, diversity in academia, awareness about “alternative” career options, and communicating my science to public.


  • Fluorescent Tools
  • Bioorthogonal Reagents
  • Biological Imaging
  • Biomolecule Manipulation
  • Effective Mentoring
  • Diversity in Science
  • Scientific Awareness


  • PhD, Chemistry, 2019

    Stony Brook University, New York, US

  • MS and BS, Chemistry, 2013

    IISER-K, Kolkata, IN

  • Diploma, Chemistry, 2009-11

    JNCASR, Bangalore, IN

  • Scientists Teaching Science, 2020


  • OMIBS, 2018

    Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, US