Purnima Kumar, PhD, DDS
College of Dentistry
Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention
Periodontitis ● Infection ● Peri-Implantitis ● Periodontal Diseases ● Dental Plaque ● Gingivitis ● Pain ● Chronic Periodontitis
Purnima Kumar, PhD, DDS, is a member of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on oral bacterial profiles.In particular, Dr. Kumar is researching the role of host genetics on oral bacterial colonization and characterizing subgingival microbial profiles of periodontal-healthy smokers and smokers with periodontitis. One of her recent studies indicates that anthocyanin-rich products could promote oral health. Dr. Kumar has co-authored many articles in well-known publications, such as Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Dental Research and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.