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Faculty Profile

Joydip DasJoydip Das

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office: Health 2
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
4849 Calhoun, Room 7035
Houston, TX 77204-5037

Contact: - 713-743-1708 - Fax: 713-743-1884


  • Identifying molecular targets of ethanol at the presynaptic zone
  • Structure/function studies of C1 domain-containing proteins
  • Molecular dynamics simulation studies of peripheral and membrane proteins
  • Ph.D. in Bio-organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  • Postdoctoral: Medical University of South Carolina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital

Google Scholar Profile
  • Y. You Y, S. Katti, B. Yu, T.I. Igumenova, J. Das. Probing the Diacylglycerol Binding Site of Presynaptic Munc13-1, Biochemistry, 60:1286-1298 (2021).
  • J. Das. Repurposing of drugs-the ketamine story, J. Med. Chem. 2020, 63, 13514-13525
  • Y. You and J. Das. Effect of Ethanol on Munc13-1 C1 in Membrane: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 2020, 44, 1344-1355.
  • F. Blanco, A. Czikora, N. Kedei, Y. You, G. Mitchell, S. Pany, A. Ghosh, P. Blumberg, Das J. Munc13 Is a Molecular Target of Bryostatin 1, Biochemistry, 58, 3016-3030 (2019).
  • J. Das, N. Kedei, J. Kelsey, Y. You, S. Pany, G.A. Mitchell, N.E. Lewin and P.M. Blumberg. Critical role of Trp-588 of presynaptic Munc13-1 for ligand binding and membrane translocation, Biochemistry. 57, 732-741, 2018
  • S. Pany, Y. You and J. Das. Curcumin inhibits PKC alpha activity by binding to its C1 domain, Biochemistry, 55, 6327-6336 (2016).
  • G.M. Rahman, S. Shanker, N.E. Lewin, B. V.V. Prasad, P.M. Blumberg and J. Das. Identification of the Activator Binding Residues in the Second Cysteine-Rich Regulatory Domain of Protein Kinase C Theta (PKCθ), Biochem. J. 451, 33-44 (2013).
  • S. Shanmugasundararaj*, J. Das*, W.S. Sandberg, X. Zhou, D. Wang, R.O. Messing, K.S. Bruzik, T. Stehle and K.W. Miller. Structural and functional characterization of an anesthetic binding site in the second cysteine rich domain of protein kinase C delta, Biophys. J., 103, 2331-2338 (2012).
  • J. Das, S. Pany and A. Majhi. Chemical modifications of resveratrol for improved protein kinase C alpha activity, Bioorg. Med. Chem. 19, 5321-5333 (2011)
  • J. Das, S. Pany, G.M. Rahman and S.J. Slater. PKC epsilon has an alcohol binding site in its second cysteine rich regulatory domain, Biochem. J., 421, 405-413 (2009).
  • J. Das, X. Zhou and K.W. Miller. Identification of an alcohol binding site in the first cysteine-rich domain of Protein Kinase C delta, Protein Sci. 15, 2107-2119 (2006).
  • J. Das, G.H. Addona, W.S. Sandberg, S.S. Husain, T. Stehle and K.W. Miller. Identification of a general anesthetic binding site in the diacylglycerol-binding domain of Protein Kinase C, J. Biol. Chem., 279, 37964-37972(2004).
  • J. Das, M. Kono, J-x. Ma, D.D. Oprian and R.K. Crouch. C9 methyl group of retinal modulates the absorption and transducin activation properties in cone pigments, Biochemistry, 43, 5532-5538(2004).
  • J. Ma, S. Znoiko, K.L. Othersen, J.C. Ryan, J. Das, T. Isayama, M. Kono, D.D. Oprian, D.W. Corson, M.C. Cornwall, D.A. Cameron, F.L. Harosi, C.L. Makino, R.K. Crouch. A visual pigment expressed in both rod and cone photoreceptors, Neuron, 32, 451-461(2001).
  • A.K. Singh, J. Das and N. Majumdar. Novel bacteriorhodopsin analogues based on azo chromophores, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 118, 6185-6191(1996).

Awards & Honors

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston 2012
  • Award for Excellence in Research, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston 2011
  • The Houston Business Journal published, "Briefs: Drug to treat alcoholism is goal of UH research," Oct 04, 2010
  • National Public Radio (Houston) aired the research, "UH Chemist Tracking Alcohol Molecules through the Brain" on September 29, 2010

Editorial Appointments

  • Ad hoc reviewer, NIH study section Neurotoxicology and Alcohol (NAL), 2017
  • Ad hoc reviewer, NIH study section ZAA1JJ (08), 2016
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Addiction and Dependence
  • Editorial board member, International Journal of Biomedical Research and Analysis
  • Editorial board member, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Drug Research