Priyank Kumar


Priyank kumar, was born in a small town of Orai, India on 30th July 1980. He came to New York in January 2005 to pursue higher studies. From 2005-2014 he studied Pharmacology at St. John’s University, NY. His Master’s research project (2005-2014) was focused on investigating the effect of high and low efficacy prescription opioids on mu opioid receptor trafficking proteins. During the course of his Ph.D. in Pharmacology (2008-2014) at St. John’s University he studied the effect of small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors on multidrug resistance associated with cancer chemotherapy. He believes in “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself”-Galileo. In 2014, he took up a position of Assistant Professor at TOURO college of Pharmacy. He is continuously involved in mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate student. He is an active member of many esteemed scientific organizations such as ASCO, NYAS, AACR and ASCPT to name a few.

Research Interest

My academic and research training has provided me with a comprehensive and diverse background in a wide variety of scientific disciplines including clinical pharmacology, cancer biology, psychopharmacology, regulatory compliances, molecular biology and biochemistry.  These distinct experiences have contributed to my overall desire to pursue my career as a scientist. The possibility of improving therapy for cancer patients combined with the intellectual challenge of fundamental research fuelled my passion for cancer pharmacology.  My research currently is focused on multidrug resistance mediated by ABC transporters; an intrinsic element in the field of cancer pharmacology. My dissertation research concentrates on “Quizartinib” which has shown to reverse multidrug resistance mediated by ABC transporters. My drive and passion for cancer pharmacology would like to see the translation of my research into clinics. As I continue my work in this field I would like to further hone my skills in the field of clinical (PK/PD and drug disposition) and translational sciences. In addition, my grant and paper writing acuity, oral presentation skills as well as mentoring and teaching high school, undergraduate and graduate students have given me the prowess to guide in the training of future researchers. "