Kumar received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Lucknow University.
Since 1991, Kumar has been a professor and senior principal scientist at the Central Drug Research Institute at Lucknow, India. He holds the same position at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research. Also Atul serves as a dean at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in Raebareli. He has about 24 years experience in drug design, medicinal chemistry and Green Chemistry.
Kumar is a member of the Global Advisory committee of SciFinder.
Atul Kumar is married to Jyoti Saxena. They have 3 children.