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Professor, Clinical Genetics
University of Glamorgan, UK
Professor Dhavendra Kumar is a Visiting Professor, The University of Glamorgan and Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the University Hospital of Wales, Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom. He is one of the Consultants for the All Wales Medical Genetics Service and the lead Clinician for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics. After qualifying in Medicine from the King George’s Medical College, University of Lucknow, India, he completed postgraduate training in Pediatrics with an MD. Since 1980 he has pursued a career in Medical Genetics in the UK. In 1990 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics (FACMG) and as well as Royal Colleges of Physicians (FRCP-London and FRCP-Ireland) and Pediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH-UK).
Professor Kumar’s current research interests include clinical cardiovascular genetics, specifically ‘sudden cardiac death’ and ‘molecular genetics of chronic heart failure’. In addition, he is collaborating on applications of genomics in medicine and health in emerging economies of the developing world for health and socio-economic benefits. Apart from the human health, he is also collaborating on projects related to genetically modified foods and enhancing bio-economy through translational genomics research in the developing world. He is currently actively involved in promoting medical genetics and genomics in developing countries through education programs and creating a comprehensive information resource on genomic variation and genetic disorders across the developing and least developed countries.