The lab is looking for highly motivated students with an enthusiasm for multidisciplinary research at the interface of polymer chemistry, interfacial engineering, and biology. The Kumar Lab will provide a supportive and collaborative training environment where undergraduate and graduate students can realize their scientific potential and discover their identities as researchers. The lab’s mission is:

  • To discover affordable polymers that can bridge technological and regulatory barriers hindering the clinical translation of cellular, protein and gene therapeutics.
  • Prepare lab members for the careers of their choice by providing tailored opportunities for conference presentations, networking, publishing scholarly articles, learning how to teach, and grant writing.

Undergraduate Students

Please send email to with the following information:

  • A letter stating your goals and interests in the Kumar Laboratory, including when you would like to start and how long you would like to stay. Only those students available for at least one year need apply.
  • Academic transcripts (optional) and 1-page resume
  • A description of your career goals following graduation from Mines
  • The names of Mines faculty members who know you best

You’re invited to discuss doing research for academic credit. For funding, see Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

PhD and Masters Students

Potential graduate students please visit the following websites:

Current graduate students please contact Professor Kumar to set up a meeting.

Postdoctoral Associates

Postdoctoral positions may be available in the future. Please keep checking this page.

Prospective postdocs must have completed their PhD training in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science, biomedical engineering or similar. Successful candidates will have demonstrated potential for independent research supported by a solid publication record, ambitious scientific goals, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively with a team. Candidates should have a proven ability to be successful in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. Successful applicants will be offered NIH guideline-based salary and benefits, along with the advantages of being a key member of a young research group. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to lead innovative, cutting-edge research projects, which will provide the foundation for their future career goals. Applicants should email their CV, personal research statement, and the contact information for three references (including their present and previous mentors) to