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Louis S. Premkumar, Ph.D., Louis Premkumar, Ph.D., portrait joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1999.  He is an associate professor of pharmacology. [Note: He has since been promoted to professor of pharmacology.]

Previously he was on the physiology and biophysics faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1995-99) and served as a postdoctoral associate (1994-95). He was a research officer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1986-89), a lecturer at the M.S.R. Medical College in Bangalore, India (1984-86) and a research assistant and then lecturer at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India (1981-84).

Premkumar completed a two-year fellowship in neuroscience at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra, Australia (1994).  He earned his doctorate at the Australian National University in Canberra (1992) and his master’s in pharmacology and bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Madras in India (1981, 1978).

Premkumar is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society.  He is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters.  He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders and from the National Science Foundation.

His special interests are the molecular mechanism underlying pain perception and molecular mechanisms of action of centrally acting drugs.