Purnima Kumar, Ph.D.

Division of Periodontology
College of Dentistry

4111 Postle Hall
305 W. 12th Ave.
ColumbusOH 43210

(614) 247-4532
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Dr. Purnima Kumar received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree from Annamalai University, India in 1987 and completed a residency in Periodontology from University of Madras, Chennai, India in 1991. Following her training, she practiced in India and the United Arab Emirates before pursuing further training in the United States. She subsequently obtained a Certificate in Periodontology and a Ph.D. in Oral Biology from The Ohio State University in 2005, and joined the section as an Assistant Professor in 2006.

Research Focus: Oral bacterial profiles associated with periodontal health and disease, including a) characterization of subgingival microbial profiles of periodontally healthy smokers and smokers with periodontitis, and b) the role of host genetics on oral bacterial colonization.

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