Matangi Kumar

PhD Student
Molecular Biology

WHERE I'M FROM

I'm from Artesia, California.

BEFORE VS

I finished my undergrad at UC Davis majoring in Genetics and Genomics and minoring in Psychology. During undergrad I got the opportunity to research under Dr. Megan Dennis studying Human Specefic Segmental Duplications, and I got to intern under Dr. Evan Snyder and Dr. Sandra Leibel studying the vascularization of lung organoids.

WHY I’M HERE

I've always wanted to be a scientist and I love studying genetics and being able to apply what I've learned through research during undergrad had been so exciting. I've always been fascinated about the molecular mechanisms of degenerative and age-related diseases, especially in the context of the eye and the multi-disciplinary nature of UCB's vision science program allows me to pursue all of my research interests and will help me grow and build well-rounded skills as a scientist.

MY RESEARCH

My previous research experience has primarily been to generate vascularized lung organoids to study the effects of various inflammatory cytokines and how they damage endothelial and epithelial barriers. I hope to employ my past technical skills, in understanding the molecular mechanisms of various diseases and infections in the eye.

MY GOALS

My goals are to take the various skills I'll learn from this program: from benchwork to scientific writing, to grow as a better and more refined scientist. I also hope to conduct research finding better diagnostic and therapeutic tools to treat various eye infections or degenerative eye diseases, such as glaucoma.

MY HOBBIES

Painting (and most arts and crafts), reading, going to the beach and being in the sun, and music.