Dr. Arun Kumar earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calicut (St.Joseph’s College, Devagiri), Master’s degree from the University of Madras (R.K.M. Vivekananda College) and PhD. degree from the University of Calicut, in Botany. During his PhD. studies, he acquired training in mushroom taxonomy (agaricology). His did Post doctoral research at the University of Minnesota, USA, was in Fungal Ultrastructure and Fungal Evolutionary Biology. He was also trained in Molecular Fungal Taxonomy and Phylogeny from the Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. While in the US, he was involved with the I and II phases of “Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life” (AFTOL) project, a part of the global “Tree of Life” (ToL) initiative. He moved back to India to join the Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College as an Assistant Professor in Botany, now teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s degree classes. He is a recognized research guide of the University of Calicut. Dr. Arun Kumar’s research now focuses on the Fungal diversity of Western ghats, India.
1) Dimitrios Floudas, Manfred Binder, Robert Riley, Kerrie Barry, Robert A Blanchette, Bernard Henrissat, Angel T Martínez, Robert Otillar, Joseph W Spatafora, Jagjit S Yadav, Andrea Aerts, Isabelle Benoit, Alex Boyd, Alexis Carlson, Alex Copeland, Pedro M Coutinho, Ronald P de Vries, Patricia Ferreira, Keisha Findley, Brian Foster, Jill Gaskell, Dylan Glotzer, Paweł Górecki, Joseph Heitman, Cedar Hesse, Chiaki Hori, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Joel A Jurgens, Nathan
Kallen, Phil Kersten, Annegret Kohler, Ursula Kües, T K Arun Kumar, Alan Kuo, Kurt LaButti, Luis F Larrondo, Erika Lindquist, Albee Ling, Vincent Lombard, Susan Lucas, Taina Lundell, Rachael Martin, David J McLaughlin, Ingo Morgenstern, Emanuelle Morin, Claude Murat, Laszlo G Nagy, Matt Nolan, Robin A Ohm, Aleksandrina Patyshakuliyeva, Antonis Rokas, Francisco J Ruiz-Dueñas, Grzegorz Sabat, Asaf Salamov, Masahiro Samejima, Jeremy Schmutz, Jason C Slot, Franz St John, Jan Stenlid, Hui Sun, Sheng Sun, Khajamohiddin Syed, Adrian Tsang, Ad Wiebenga, Darcy Young, Antonio Pisabarro, Daniel C Eastwood, Francis Martin, Dan Cullen, Igor V Grigoriev, David S Hibbett: (2012). The Paleozoic origin of white rot wood decay reconstructed using 31 fungal genomes. SCIENCE 336: 1715-1719.
2) T. K. Arun Kumar, Rosanne Healy, Joseph W. Spatafora, Meredith Backwell, David J. McLaughlin (2012). Orbilia ultrastructure, character evolution and phylogeny of Pezizomycotina. MYCOLOGIA 104(2):462-476.
3) T. K. Arun Kumar, P. Manimohan (2009). The genera Leucoagaricus and Leucocoprinus (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) in Kerala State, India. MYCOTAXON -Ithaca Ny 108:385-428.