Purnima Kumar, PhD, DDS

Purnima Kumar


College of Dentistry

Academic Title


Research Program

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention

Research Interest

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.

Office Location

4111 Postle Hall

305 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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