Poornima Ramkumar, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Kampmann Lab
Poornima Ramkumar received her PhD in Molecular Biology & Genetics in 2015 from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), where her work focused on understanding the biological functions and targets of polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) and PLK2. Currently, Dr. Ramkumar is using breakthroughs in high-throughput techniques (such as the CRISPR-functional genomics platform) to identify pathways that are rewired and cause uncontrolled cell proliferation that results in cancer. Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and recent advances have helped identify opportunities to increase patient survival rates. Dr. Ramkumar's research uses CRISPRi/library screening in multiple myeloma cells to identify novel biomarkers for alternative therapeutic strategies and also to identify genes that control drug sensitivities to conventional therapy.