Dr. Vikas Kumar is an assistant professor of fish nutrition and nutrigenomics at the University of Idaho. Previously, Kumar served as an assistant professor of fish nutrition at Kentucky State University. He has more than a decade of research and teaching experience in aquaculture and nutritional biochemistry.
Kumar is involved in the development of new undergraduate and graduate courses in aquatic and terrestrial animal nutrition, feed technologies, nutrigenomics and metabolism. He is also involved in extensive research with the goal of developing nutritionally balanced, environmentally sound and cost-effective seafood production through aquaculture.
Kumar serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group and is the leading associate editor for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. He has authored more than 72 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 16 book chapters and 30 magazine articles. Recently, he published a book entitled "Enzymes in Human and Animal Nutrition: Principles and Perspectives".
Kumar received an undergraduate degree in fisheries science from Central Agricultural University in India and a master’s degree in fish nutrition and biochemistry from the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, also in India. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, followed by a post-doc at the Ohio State University, which focused on exploring the potentiality of the enhanced production and performance of aquatic animals via the interplay between fish nutrition and genetics.
As the raw materials used in aquaculture feeds continue to evolve, so do the challenges associated with fish performance.