Dr. Adarsh M. Kumar, Research Scholar, Passes Away

Adarsh M. Kumar, Ph.D., a long-time member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away unexpectedly on April 11.

Kumar was born in 1935 in Dandot, which today is part of Pakistan but was then part of India. She earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in biology, chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Rajasthan and a Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry at Punjab University. During her graduate studies and early professional career, she held a number of research positions at academic medical institutions in India and the U.S.

Kumar joined the medical faculty at the University of Miami in 1988. Often collaborating with her husband, Mahendra Kumar, Ph.D., also a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, she enjoyed a distinguished career in basic neurotransmitter research and HIV research. Sixty of the more than 80 journal articles she published were co-authored with her husband. She also published three books and more than 70 additional abstracts and other publications.

Kumar is remembered by her family, friends and colleagues as a gentle and loving person who rose to life’s challenges with compassion, wisdom and introspection. Her fellow researchers describe her as an inspiring person who brought joy to those around her.

Kumar is survived by her husband and their three children — Kalpana (Jerry), Chitra (Paul) and Sameet (Christina).

Donations in her memory may be made to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester. The Development Office can be contacted at 305-243-9088.

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