Basalingappa Hungund graduated from Karnataka University in India with an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and completed his Ph.D. degree in bioorganic chemistry at the National Chemical Laboratory and Poona University in 1968. He worked as a Research Associate at Stevens Institute of Technology, from 1969 to 1972. He studied biodegradative pathways for a number of terpenes, perfumery intermediates, employing microbes and fungi during this period. From 1972 to 1974, he worked as a Senior Research Associate at Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Mass, USA. There he worked on determining the biosynthetic pathway for cholesterol using several in vitro systems. Since 1974, he has been employed by New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University in various capacities. He is currently holding a Senior Scientist Position and an Adjunct Associate Professor Rank with the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. During his tenure with New York State/Columbia University, he developed his own research program addressing the role of membrane lipids and lipid-metabolizing enzymes in CNS function relating alcohol’s behavioral effects. His interest in alcohol research blossomed after he spent a year of sabbatical starting in 1982 in the laboratory of Dr. Dora Goldstein at Stanford University. Since then, he has been supporting his research interests through securing funds from both private and governmental agencies. The pioneering work from his laboratory on the role of the endocannabinoids has opened up new avenues in alcohol research. His work received significant publicity after his work got published in the Journal of Neurochemistry in 2003. NIAAA (NIH) put out a special bulletin discussing the results of this paper and its possible clinical implications. He has also been a recipient of prestigious “Fogarty International Senior Investigator” Fellowship to interact with Japanese scientists.
Biography Updated on 9 September 2012