Janardan Kumar, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at Becker College in the United States, started his schooling at home under a tree in a small village named Rajapakar in the state of Bihar, India. His esteemed teachers, the late Sri Raghunath Prasad and Dr. Udai Narain, were real mentors who prepared him to become a confident go-getter in the fierce pursuit of his dreams. In the United States he received post-doctoral training in glaucoma at Duke University Eye Center, North Carolina, a nationally renowned eye research laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. David L. Epstein. Dr. Kumar’s approach to ex-vivo perfusion studies showed, for the first time in the history of glaucoma research, that thrombin may be involved in the pathophysiology of glaucoma; he presented those findings at ARVO in 1999. The study of glaucoma is the most humbling of disciplines – closely associated with both clinical failure and lack of understanding, yet due to Dr. Kumar’s exceptionally strong work ethic and innate scientific vision, Dr. Epstein always referred to him as a potential “superstar.” Dr. Kumar’s main objective in his involvement with the prestigious OMICS eye conferences is to bring eye clinicians and scientists together in order to further advance glaucoma research globally.