Dr. Ramya Kumar

Postdoctoral Associate



Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018

M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014

B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani, Pilani, India, 2009 

Research Area

I hope to combine my prior experience in synthesizing biomimetic polymers with statistical modeling frameworks to accelerate the discovery and optimization of polymeric vehicles for gene editing.


R. Kumar, D. Kratzer, K. Cheng, J. Prisby, J. Sugai, W. V. Giannobile, & J. Lahann. "Carbohydrate-Based Polymer Brushes Prevent Viral Adsorption on Electrostatically Heterogeneous Interfaces", Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2019, 40, 1800530.

R. Kumar, A. Welle, F. Becker, I. Kopyeva, & J. Lahann. "Substrate-Independent Micropatterning of Polymer Brushes Based on Photolytic Deactivation of Chemical Vapor Deposition Based Surface-Initiated Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization Initiator Films", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10 (38), 31965-31976.

F. Bally-Le Gal, C. Hussal, J. J. P. Kramer, K. C. Cheng, R. Kumar, T. Eyster, V. Trouillet, M. Nieger, S. Brase, S., & J. Lahann. "Polylutidines: Multifunctional surfaces via vapor-based polymerization of functional pyridinophanes" Chemistry: A European Journal, 2017, 23, 13342-13350.

R. Kumar, I. Kopyeva, K. C. Cheng, K. Liu, & J. Lahann. "Examining Interfacial Kinetics on Electrostatically Heterogeneous Surfaces using Zeta-potential Measurements" Langmuir, 2017, 33 (25), pp 6322-6332.

M. Konig, R. Kumar, C.Hussal, J. Biscarat, L. Barner, A. Schafer, A. & J. Lahann. "pH-Responsive Aminomethyl Functionalized Poly(p-xylylene) Coatings by Chemical Vapor Deposition Polymerization" Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics, 2017, 218, 1600521.

R. Kumar, R. & J. Lahann. "Predictive Model for the Design of Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes: A Statistical Design of Experiments Approach" ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8 (26), 16595-16603.

X. Qian, L. G.Villa-Diaz, R. Kumar, J. Lahann, & P. H. Krebsbach. "Enhancement of the propagation of human embryonic stem cells by modifications in the gel architecture of PMEDSAH polymer coatings" Biomaterials, 2014, 35(36), 958190.

About Me:

Where are you from?

Chennai, India

What is your favorite type of electromagnetic radiation and why?

Visible+IR+UV = sunlight. The best kind of day is clear, sunny and around 20 F. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Build my own TARDIS and travel the furthest reaches of time and space.