Kusal K. Das is Professor of Physiology at Shri B. M. Patil Medical College at BLDE University, India. He was Visiting Professor of Medicine (2014-2016) at Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds, UK, and subsequently at the Department of Physiology at Tulane University School of Medicine, USA (2017). He did his MSc (Physiology) and PhD in heavy metal toxicities at the University of Calcutta, India.
The major area of research carried out in Kusal's laboratory is based on four heavy metals: nickel, chromium, cadmium and lead. His research on divalent heavy metals such as lead (Pb) and nickel (Ni) has established the link between heavy metals and oxygen-sensing mechanisms through hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) that regulate sympathetic overdrives and ROS generation. Furthermore, Kusal has contributed to the development of a new method for estimating blood vitamin E levels. He is among the first in the world to establish the link between arsenic toxicities and gold mining activities which made a tremendous impact on the Government of India's policy on environmental issues.
His expertise in critical experimental protocol on cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, respiratory and neurological functional mechanisms of rodents is highly regarded in the area of vascular sciences. His reputation in vascular science research has brought him many laurels and awards, and he has been invited to many international collaborations on vascular sciences including with the Hypertension and Renal Centre of Excellence at Tulane University, USA; the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, UK; and High Altitude Pulmonary and Pathology, Bolivia.
For his contributions to the field of science and encironment, the Ministry of Science & Technology of the Government of Karnataka, India, conferred him with the “Dr.Raja Ramanna State Scientist Award” in 2015 and the High Altitude Pulmonary and Pathology Institute, Zubieta University, Bolivia, conferred him with the “Science, Honor and Truth Medal” in 2016. Under his supervision 11 students have been awarded PhDs and 10 students with MDs (Physiology) from various universities in India.
Kusal is a Member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) and Vice-President of the Physiological Society of India (2016-2019).