Prof. Salil K. Das
Salil K. Das, Sc.D., D. Sc., FAAAS. Professor of Biochemistry, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, USA. Earned the SC.D. degree from Mass Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 1966 and the D.Sc. degree from Calcutta University in 1974. After postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona (Department of Physics), University of Arkansas and Duke University (Department of Chemistry), he joined the faculty of Meharry Medical College in 1969, in the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Das has been professor in that department since 1981. He has received several awards: Cressey Morrison Award in Natural Science from the New Your Academy of Science, FASEB Visiting Scientist Award, Intergovernmental Pact Award (NIH), UNDP Award, Hind Rattan Award, Prof. S. C. Roy Commemoration Award from Calcutta University. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Association of the American Advancement of Science in 2008. He edited two books: “Glycerolipid Metabolizing Enzymes”, Research Signpost Publishers (2002), “Sphingolipid Metabolizing Enzymes”, Research Signpost (2003). He is Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Pollution Effects & Control, and member of editorial board of JSM Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, International J Cancer & Oncology, J of Cancer Clinical Trial, Journal Medical & Clinical Research, Journal of Respiratory Research, Pharmacology & Therapeutics. His research focuses on the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of pulmonary diseases (ARDS, COPD and cancer) induced by cigarette smoke and mustard gas exposure and breast cancer associated with environmental toxicology. These studies include (a) reactive oxygen species-mediated signal transduction pathway, (b) expression of regulatory enzymes in phospholipid metabolism, and (c) role of mediators of vitamin A action, beta-adrenergic and translocator protein in cancer.