Priti Kumar, PhD

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases

Microbial Pathogenesis

Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Molecular Virology: Virology laboratories

Office of Student Research

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology: Infectious Disease and Host-Pathogen Interaction | Microbiology: Immunology & Host Response; Viruses

Office of Cooperative Research


Developing siRNA and gene delivery tools for antiviral therapy is my field of expertise. While at the Harvard University, I developed novel ligand- and antibody-based targeted delivery platforms for specific gene silencing in human neuronal and T cells. I specialize in the generation of animal models for flaviviral and retroviral infections and have successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the nucleic acid carriers in animal models for flaviviral encephalitis and HIV, in three hallmark papers. These studies showed that RNAi-based technologies can indeed be used as therapeutic interventions for both acute and chronic viral infections. At Yale University, as an assistant professor, my laboratory focuses on application of such delivery systems to study the pathogenesis of viral infections in relevant animal models including multiple humanized mouse models that are infectable by HIV.

Education & Training

PhD Indian Institute of Science, India (2002)
Instructor Immune Disease Institute

International Activity

  • Collaborators at Hanyang Fusion Materials Program, Korea South Korea (2010)

    Human T Cell Specific RNA-Based Nano-Medicine for AIDS

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Contact Info

Priti Kumar, PhD
Mailing Address
Internal Medicine/Infectious DiseasesPO Box 208022
25 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510