Vivek Kapur, BVSc, Ph.D.

  • Professor
Vivek Kapur, BVSc, Ph.D.
205 Wartik Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-9788

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbial pathogenomics and molecular epidemiology. 


  1. BVSc - UAS, Bangalore, India - 1986
  2. MSc - UAS, Bangalore, India - 1989
  3. PhD - Penn State, Univ. Park, PA - 1991
  4. Postdoc - Baylor College Medicine, Houston, TX - 1995

Graduate Programs


Research in my Laboratory seeks to define the basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts. The research effort is organized along two thematic lines: (i) microbial pathogenomics, including host response to infection; and, (ii) molecular epidemiology, including the study of population genetics of microbes. A related research component seeks to translate the results of our laboratory-based investigations into improved diagnostic tests and methods for microbial identification, as well as to investigate opportunities for developing new generations of antimicrobial vaccines and therapeutics.

A schematic representation of the research programs and activities carried out in my group is provided below:

Kapur Research

Research Interests

Immunology and Infectious Disease Research Faculty

Genomic and epidemiological studies of microbial pathogenesis