Research is about generating new knowledge. For Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., research is not only his career, it’s his passion. 

Kumar is a cancer health disparity researcher by trade. Through research, he seeks solutions to biological basis of cancer health disparities. 

His continuous pursuit to identify and solve minority health disparities led to being recognized in May as a history maker in minority health and health disparities research by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

“It is important to understand what affects individuals scientifically while also addressing how it directly affects their daily lives,” Kumar said. 

Kumar serves as director of North Carolina Central University’s Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Institute (BBRI) and is an advocate for increasing the number of minority researchers in medicine to address issues related to health disparities.

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Originally published Oct. 1, 2019.