Pritesh Kumar is a graduate from University of Kentucky in with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. As an undergraduate student, Pritesh spent his summer conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Hennig to explore further the role nutrition plays in preventing vascular toxicity induced by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). He tested the hypothesis that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can prevent endothelial cell activation -- and thus cardiovascular toxicity of coplanar PCBs -- by modulating the composition and function of membrane microdomains called caveolae.
This summer research experience provided Pritesh with a good understanding of biological events at the cellular level that can lead to compromised health. Furthermore, this research experience ties in well with Pritesh's long-term career goal, in which he is attending University of Louisville pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmaceutical sciences.