Contact Dr Vinod Kumar

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Fuels
  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency


Before joining Cranfield University, Dr Vinod Kumar was a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow in EPSRC/BBSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) at  University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to this, he worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow in France, South Korea and United Kingdom. He has worked on different biological systems; fungal, yeast and bacterial. His primary skills spans across Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Fermentations, Industrial Biotechnology, Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology. Dr Kumar has worked on multidimensional projects aiming at Development of low cost, energy efficient and sustainable bioprocesses for production of biofertilizers, biopesticides, biofuels and biochemicals.

Dr Kumar earned his M.Sc. (Chemistry) and PhD (Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology) degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), which is among the top five engineering institutes in India. He graduated in B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry from Hindu College, University of Delhi, India and was ranked first. Dr Kumar has qualified national as well as international level competition with top ranks. He qualified Marie Curie Fellowship with an overall score of 97.1/100. He qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) examination in Chemistry (All India rank 4th with 99.77 percentile in GATE 2002) as well as Life Sciences (All India rank 1st with 99.99 percentile in GATE 2005). He also qualified joint CSIR-UGC (India) examination three times and two times secured position among top 20% awardees.

Current activities

The research interests of Dr Kumar are bio-based production of fuels and chemicals from renewable sources. The work involves designing of microorganisms as cell factories for overproduction of industrially important compounds using Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology tools. His current research focuses on development of second generation biorefinery, connecting industrial and agricultural waste streams to valuable products. Dr Kumar is very happy and quite excited to be a part of Cranfield University and looking forward to do some great work here.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Kumar V, Ashok S & Park S (2014) Microbial Production of 3-Hydroxypropionic Acid from Renewable Sources: A Green Approach as an Alternative to Conventional Chemistry. In: Bioprocessing of Renewable Resources to Commodity Bioproducts. Bisaria VS, Kondo A (ed.), Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons,, p. 381-407. Dataset/s: 10.1002/9781118845394.ch14
  • Kumar V, Sahai V & Bisaria VS (2013) Effect of Piriformospora indica on enhanced biosynthesis of anticancer drug, podophyllotoxin, in plant cell cultures of Linum album. In: Piriformospora indica: Sebacinales and Their Biotechnological Applications. Varma A, Kost G, Oelmüller R (ed.), Berlin: Springer, p. 119-137.