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Dr. Vikas Kumar

Assistant Professor, Aquaculture Nutrition

Aquaculture Research Center
Kentucky State University
Frankfort KY, 40601
Phone: (502) 597-8130
Fax: (502) 597-8118



B.F.Sc., Fisheries Science, College of Fisheries, Central Agricultural University, Tripura, India, 2004

M.F.Sc., Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, India, 2006

Ph. D., Fish and Shellfish Nutrition and Physiology, University of Hohenheim, Germany, 2011

Post Doc Researcher, Fish Nutrition and Physiology, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 2011-2012

Post Doc Researcher, Aquaculture Nutritional Genetics and Physiology, Ohio State University, USA, 2012-2014


  • Over all his research interest revolves around nutrition and physiology of fish and shellfish. Main aim of his research is to develop nutritionally balanced, environmentally sound and cost-effective diet for commercial fish and shellfish culture.
  • Elucidation of effects of alternative protein based diets on growth, feed efficiency, metabolism, and health, histopathological changes in the organs, molecular markers, and transcriptional response in fish as well as their effects on quality and food safety.
  • Feed processing, feed formulation and manufacturing technology for aquatic and terrestrial animal feed.
  • Improvement, standardization, and documentation of methods in fish nutrition.
  • Fish bioenergetics, Fish and shellfish immunology
  • Developing molecular biomarkers for stress in fish, using genomics and proteomics approaches



Along with extensive research work his duties include develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Aquatic Animal Nutrition (AQU-421 and AQU-521) 

Recent Publications

Research papers:

Kumar, V., et al., (2015). Modified soybean meal as a fish meal replacer: effects on growth, digestive and oxidative status of Yellow perch (Perca flavescens). PLOS ONE.

Kumar, V. et al. . (2013). Influences of detoxified Jatropha curcas kernel meal on expression of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 encoding genes in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. 97, 97-108.

Sinha A. K., Kumar, V., et al. (2012). Expression pattern of potential biomarker genes related to growth, ion regulation and stress in response to ammonia exposure, food deprivation and exercise in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Aquatic Toxicology.

Kumar, V., et al., (2011). Isolation of phytate from Jatropha curcas kernel meal and effects of isolated phytate on growth, digestive physiology and metabolic changes in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.). Food and Chemical Toxicology, 49,2144-2156.

Sinha, A.K., Kumar V. et al.,  (2011). Combined effects of high environmental ammonia, starvation and exercise on hormonal and ionregulatory response in gold fish (Carassius auratus L.). Aquatic Toxicology. 114-115, 153–164.

Kumar, V., et al. (2011). Nutritional, Physiological and haematological responses in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) juveniles fed detoxified Jatropha curcas kernel meal. Aquaculture Nutrition 17, 451-467.

Mohapatra S., Kumar V., et al., (2011). Haemato-immunology and histo-architectural changes in Labeo rohita fingerlings:  Effect of dietary aflatoxin and mould inhibitor. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. 37, 177–186

Kumar, V., et al.  (2011). Detoxified Jatropha curcas kernel meal as a dietary protein source: Growth performance, nutrient utilization and digestive enzymes in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) fingerlings. Aquaculture Nutrition 17, 313-326.

Makkar, H.P.S., Kumar, V., et al. (2011). Jatropha platyphylla, a new non-toxic Jatropha species: Physical properties and chemical constituents including toxic and antinutritional factors of seeds. Food Chemistry. 125, 63–71.

Kumar, V., et al. (2010). Dietary inclusion of detoxified Jatropha curcas kernel meal: Effects on growth performance and metabolic efficiency in common carp, Cyprinus carpio L. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 36(4), 1159-1170.

Review papers

Kumar V. et al., (2012). Dietary role of Nonstarch Polysaccharides in Human nutrition: a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 52(10), 899-935.

Kumar, V., et al.,  (2012). Phytate and Phytase in Fish Nutrition: A Review. Journal of Animal physiology and animal nutrition. 96, 335-364.

Mohapatra S., Kumar V., Prusty A. K., Chakraborty, T.,  Sinha A. K., & De Boeck, G.  (2013). Aquaculture and stress management- a review of probiotic intervention. Journal of Animal physiology and animal nutrition. 97 (3), 405-30.

Sinha A. K., Kumar, V., et al., (2011). Non-starch Polysaccharides and their role in fish Nutrition - A Review. Food Chemistry. 127, 1409-1426.

Kumar, V., et al., (2010). Dietary Role of Phytate and Phytase in Human Nutrition: A Review. Food Chemistry 120, 945–959.

Book chapters

Kumar V., et al., (2014). “Fibre and gastrointestinal health” in the book “Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Gastroenterology. Editor: Miranda Lomer. Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd). ISBN 9780470671320. Chapter 2.1, Pp. 57-71.

Makkar, H.P.S., Kumar V., and Becker, K. (2012). Use of detoxified Jatropha kernel meal and protein isolate in farm animal species in “Opportunities and Challenges in Utilizing Co-products of the Biofuel Industry as Livestock Feed”, FAO, Rome Italy. Chapter 21, Pp 351-378.


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