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Vivek Kapur

Vivek Kapur, Ph.D., is perhaps best-known for his pioneering work in completely sequencing the genomes of several of the world's major human and animal pathogens. He is a leader in cross-disciplinary biomedical research and has worked on successful projects with Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies.

Vivek Kapur, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for his research in microbial genomics and as a leader in cross-disciplinary biomedical research. He perhaps is best-known for his pioneering work in completely sequencing the genomes of several of the world's major human and animal pathogens, including Pasteurella, Mycobacterium, Staphylococcus, Brucella, Lawsonia, and Cryptosporidium.

He has played a role in many successful projects with Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies, and he has advised companies on both business-development and scientific matters. Dr. Kapur also has chaired the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research program review group.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in 2007, Dr. Kapur had been professor of microbiology and director of the Biomedical Genomics Center at the University of Minnesota, which he joined in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, where he soon founded and directed the Advanced Genetic Analysis Center. In 1999, he was promoted to associate professor, and in 2001, he helped to establish the university’s Biomedical Genomics Center and was named its co-director. In 2003, he was appointed the center's director and also a professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also served as head for the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State.

Dr. Kapur received his bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine and his master's degree in poultry science, both from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He earned his doctoral degree in veterinary science at Penn State in 1991.