James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute

Puttur Prasad, Ph.D.

Contact info:
Dr. Prasad's departmental website

Voice: 706.721.1761
Fax:    706.721.9947


Background & Research Emphasis:
Dr. Prasad earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Indian Institute of Science and completed his postdoctoral training at Medical College of Georgia in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Prasad is an expert in the field of solute transporters, especially transporters for vitamins. His knowledge of sophisticated molecular biological methods is exceptional and he has freely shared his knowledge base with many vision research pre-doctoral fellows. He has served on the advisory committees for a number of these students. Dr. Prasad cloned the human folate transporter protein (RFC) and has worked extensively with the Smith lab to study its function in retinal cells. More recently, he and his group cloned the proton-coupled folate transporter from neural retina as well as primary ganglion, Muller and RPE cells. He collaborates extensively with other members of the group, including Drs. Smith, Martin, Ganapathy, and Al-Shabrawey. He is a co-investigator on several NEI-funded projects and published several papers in journals specializing in vision research.