5 minutes with the NCDIR’s Vipul Kumar

Hi Vipul! What is your position within the NCDIR and where are you from?

I am Vipul Kumar, a Postdoctoral Scholar in the lab of Prof. Andrej Sali at UCSF. I am from India.

What are your research interests?

My research interests lie in molecular modeling of biomolecular complexes, MD simulations, and virtual screening. I am currently focused on Integrative modeling of biomolecular complexes associated with yeast prions.

What motivated you to collaborate and work with us?

I am motivated to collaborate and work with you because my current research revolves around modeling larger biomolecular complexes and understanding their structural interactions/dynamics. Collaborating with pioneering scientists in the field of multiscale modeling would undoubtedly provide me with a broader perspective on these complexes and their functions, offering greater clarity to achieve my modeling goals.

 What do you hope to gain from your experience at NCDIR? 

I hope to gain a deeper understanding of intracellular interaction mapping through state-of-the-art experimental methods such as cryo-ET, EM, and cross-linking. This knowledge will be instrumental in advancing my spatiotemporal modeling efforts and studying the dynamics and interactions of complexes at the mesoscale level. NCDIR is ideally equipped to help me achieve these specific goals.