Kumar Vaibhav

Assistant Professor

Kumar Vaibhav

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Neurosurgery

The Graduate School

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions: Medical Laboratory, Imaging and Radiologic Sciences


I am a PhD in Toxicology (Neuroscience and Pharmacology) and have an extensive training in Neuropharmacology, neuroimmunology and Neurobiology. My lab is currently working on Brain Injury induced neuroinflammation. Heterogenous nature of TBI and stroke attracts our attention towards it and encourages us to elucidate the mechanism behind TBI-induced inflammation and subsequent secondary injury progression.


  • Ph.D., Toxicology Hamdard University, 2013

  • MS, Toxicology Hamdard University, 2006

  • BSCHEM, Chemistry, General Vinoba Bhave University, 2002

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 AURI Emerging Scienst Award AURI, 2020

  • AURI Start Up AURI, 2020

  • R01 grant NIH, 2020


  • PSRP 2016 Augusta University Research Institute, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8040

    Intro to Faculty Research
  • BIOM 8050

    Intro to Research I
  • BMNN 5101

    Nervous SyS & Neuroscience I

Teaching Interests

1. BMNN-5101 (A) (Nervous system & Neuroscience I); 2021 Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences, Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta. The program includes lecture on “blood supply of CNS and lesions of CNS (3.5 h). The lectures were evaluated as “A” by Dental College of Georgia.

2. MEDI 5088; 2020 AU Medical scholar program. The program includes lecture on research update, monthly discussion with Clinicians and researchers, and mentoring medical students. Each Semester 2-3 students are assigned to the lab, who works according to schedule to acquire research skills.

3. BIOM 8040 / 8050 / 8060; Laboratory Rotation. The program includes rotation of undergrad students from The Graduate School to acquire lab essence and get used of research work.

4. OBMP/OBPR 9010 (M); 2019; AU Graduate Oral Biology Course (Graduate Oral Biology Seminar Series). I gave single lecture for 1 h to DCG audience on immune regulation by cannabinoid system.

5. BIOL 4700; 2018; Advanced Cell Biology course for AU undergraduates (2 lectures, each for 1 h). These two lectures were based on cellular signaling mediated by NF-kB and JAK/STAT.

6. NEURO8310: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience; 2017-present; AU Graduate School of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicines. My role is as ad-hoc facilitator in absence of Dr. Dhandapani to conduct the journal club on Wednesday and facilitate the talks. On average, it includes 2-4 sessions.

7. Neurotoxicology lab modules; 2006-2013; JH Master Students, Hamdard University, New Delhi. The modules required to teach neurochemical and neurobehavioral techniques to Masters Student. It also required to mentor 2-3 students per semester for master dissertation in the final semester.

8. AP Chemistry; 2008; Manya Education Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi. I was involved in teaching online US/UK based undergrad/Graduate student for Chemistry online, and help them to build concepts regarding organic formulations, chemical reactions and covalent bonding. It involved 5-8 students’ interaction per session each day.

9. Primary and Middle School Science; 2002-2004; Oxford Academy, Patna. As a teacher, I was responsible to conduct the class for Science subjects, to complete the curriculum within time, and to conduct exam to evaluate performance of students.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Infection and Immune Memory: Variables in Robust Protection by Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Inhalant Cannabidiol Inhibits Glioblastoma Progression Through Regulation of Tumor Microenvironment., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Inflammaging and Cannabinoids., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Rescuing mitochondria in traumatic brain injury and intracerebral hemorrhages - A potential therapeutic approach., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • A potential role for cannabichromene in modulating TRP channels during acute respiratory distress syndrome., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Our interest lies in mechanistic aspects of brain injury and consecutive inflammation. TBI/ICH is heterogenous in its etiology, thus present a big challenge in front of us. Timely, reduction of imflammation is the key to recovery from Brain Injury. Our focus is to enhance the endogenous recovery processes so that injury can be reduced. We have investigated the role of cannabinoid system, DNAse I, Metformin/AMPK and RIC to modulate immune cells (Neutrophils, macrophages, ILC etc.) to minimize cerebrovascular injury in acute and chronic phase.

Department Service

  • Mentoring Med students, Undergrads, postdocs, research associates/assistant 2014 - Present

    Role: Mentor

College Service

  • MCG Admissions MMI 2021 - Present

    Role: Other

University Service

  • AURI Award application reviewer 2021 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
  • The Graduate School, Augusta University 2021 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor
  • Graduate Research Committee 2020 - 2022

    Role: Faculty Advisor

Professional Service

  • Society for Neurochemistry in India (SNCI) 2021 - Present

    Role: Session Chair
  • Biomed (MDPI) 2021 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Department of Defense (Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program (TBIPH) Grant Reviewer 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Society for Neurochemistry in India (SNCI) 2020 - Present

    Role: Session Chair
  • National Neurotrauma Society 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Conference Paper

Public Service

  • Stevens Creek Elementary School, Augusta 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • The HTS 2014 - Present

    Role: Task Force Member
  • Augusta University 2014 - 2018

    Role: Other
  • Goodwill Industries- Shift #2 2018

  • HTS Soup Kitchen 2016 - 2017

    Role: Other