Pulkit Kumar

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Pulkit Kumar
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Born (1999-08-16) August 16, 1999 (age 23)
Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Rosary Sr. Sec. School, New Delhi (Kindergarten to grade 3)
  • Princeton Charter School, NJ, USA (grade 4 to grade 8)
  • School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG), Dallas, TX, USA (grade 9 to grade 12)
  • University of Alberta (Bachelors of Science)
Known forScience, Medicine, Technology
Height6 ft (183 cm)
  • Raman Kumar (father)
  • Dr. Santosh Kaur (mother)
RelativesAshmit Kumar (Brother)
Websitealberta.campuslabs.ca/engage/organization/uacrs alberta.campuslabs.ca/engage/news/11806

Pulkit Kumar (born 16 August 1999) is an Indian-American scientist and inventor.[1] Kumar is best known for his discoveries in the field of medicine, precisely on MDD and cancer research. His manuscripts are among the most read manuscripts in the world, with almost 500K reads ( 512K reads as of now).[2]

Kumar is the founder of UofA Cancer Society, a research and fundraising organization for Cancer patients.[3]

Early life and education

Kumar was born on August 16, 1999, in Mandi Gobindgarh, a city in Punjab, India. He studied till third grade in Rosary Sr. Sec. School in New Delhi. Later, his family moved to the United States, where he completed his further education. As of 2021, Kumar is studying at the University of Alberta.


During his first year of college, in 2018, Kumar was diagnosed with clinical depression. After he recovered, Kumar started a job shadowing a psychiatrist, where he would witness different types of patients (mostly teens and young adults) struggling with mental health. After noticing the side effects of the antidepressant pills used to maintain homeostasis, Kumar decided to do his first research on Major Depressive Disorders (MDD) with his friend Dhaniket Patel. In this paper, they highlighted the effectiveness of Withania Somnifera.

In 2020, Kumar and Patel opened the UofA Cancer Society aiming to help fund cancer research and promote new ideas about treating cancer. In the same year, they published another paper on the effectiveness of different chemicals present in Ocimum Sanctum and their mechanism of action in different types of cancer. By the end of 2020, Kumar’s organization raised over $50,000 which was given to cancer research and frontline workers.

As of 2021, Kumar is focusing on nanotechnology and its application and how to reduce carbon emissions, control climate change and sustain a better life. He is also keenly interested in reducing the net carbon dioxide waste from industries.


Ocimum sanctum: An all-rounder treatment for Cancer? Can traditional paths such as ashwagandha be beneficial for treating Depression?

Personal life

Kumar is an avid classical singer and has been featured in a few musical films. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Spanish.


  1. Upmanyu, Abhishayant (25 January 2021). "Pulkit Kumar and Renewable Energy". Medium.
  2. "Pulkit Kumar". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  3. "Alternative Treatment for Cancer: Ocimum Sanctum". HubPages. Retrieved 22 March 2021.

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