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Anil Kumar Lala (1950–2004)

Balaram, P (2004) Anil Kumar Lala (1950–2004). In: Current Science, 87 (3). p. 396.


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Anil Kumar Lala, Professor of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay died on 17 July 2004, following a stroke that he suffered three weeks earlier. Born on 13 January 1950, Lala did his B Sc from Delhi University and obtained his Ph D in 1974,working under the supervision of A. B. Kulkarni at Bombay University. His doctoral work was in the area of steroid chemistry, introducing him to the areas of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Following a year at the Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, Lala moved to the State University of Ghent, Belgium,to work with Marc Anteunis. I first saw his name in a scientific publication,when the conformational analysis of methionine enkephalin, then recently discovered as the endogeneous ligand for the opioid receptor, was described by the French and Belgian groups, with Lala as a co-author (Roques, B. P. et al., Nature,1976, 262, 778). In 1976, he moved to Harvard University to work with Konrad Bloch and it is this period, which sparked his lifelong interest in membranes, specifically lipid–protein interactions. Lala joined the chemistry department at IIT,Mumbai in 1979 and it was here that he spent the remaining 25 years of his scientific career.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences. This is a correspondence article.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Depositing User: Nanjunda M Swamy
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2123

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