South African Young Academy of Science

Pradeep Kumar

Pradeep Kumar

Dr Pradeep Kumar, PhD, is an internationally trained pharmacist, a Senior Lecturer of Pharmaceutics at the Wits’ Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and a Senior Researcher at the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP). Pradeep’s doctoral thesis was focused on engineering neural devices for spinal cord injury interventions and was awarded the Most Prestigious PhD Degree Award for his research. In addition, he has established a first-in-the-world computational analysis and programming algorithm for the design of drug delivery devices and polymeric architectures. For the advancement of his discipline, Pradeep was awarded the prestigious Claude Leon Foundation Merit Award (2018), ASRT Young African Researcher Award (2018), and an AGNES’ Junior Researcher Grant funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018). Earlier this year, Dr Kumar received the SPER Young Scientist Award at PST2018, Bangkok. Pradeep has proudly presented his research at reputed international conferences across the globe (USA, France, Spain, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Thailand, and India) and is the recipient of Elsevier’s NanoToday (2011) and International Society of Developmental Neuroscience (2012) Awards. Pradeep, an inventor on 4 granted and 11 filed patents, received Wits Innovators Forum’s First-time (2013), Prolific (2014) and International (2016) Inventor Awards for his contributions to innovation in pharmaceuticals (such as a paediatric wafer). Dr Kumar has contributed to over 185 high-impact publications, 4 editorials, 2 edited books, 30 book chapters and 110 scientific presentations (H-index: 25). Dr Kumar has graduated 7 PhD students and currently supervising 6 doctoral projects. Recently, he featured among the 2018 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans (Category: Science and Technology).