Muthu Periasamy serves as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and as an Associate Director of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He did his undergraduate studies in India and went to France for higher studies through a French-Indo scientific Exchange program. He chose to specialize in molecular biology of mRNA synthesis. Upon completing his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Montpellier, France, in 1979, he did postdoctoral research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (1980–1985). During his postdoctoral research, he specialized in molecular genetics of the heart, especially the genes encoding contractile machinery. He was responsible for the cloning and characterization of important cardiac-specific genes and these pioneering studies led to the foundation of a whole new field, namely, molecular cardiology. He subsequently served on the faculty at the University of Vermont (1986–1992) and the University of Cincinnati (1992–2001). In recognition of his work, Dr. Periasamy received the AHA Established Investigator Award 1988–1993. His laboratory is continuously funded by both NIH and AHA foundations. His research is currently focused on understanding Ca2+ signaling in cardiac and skeletal muscle and their relevance to disease.
Biography Updated on 8 April 2012