Parimal "Perry" Chowdhury

Parimal "Perry" Chowdhury

Parimal Chowdhury, Ph.D. is a Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, Arkansas. He holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).  Prior to joining UAMS in 1980, Dr. Chowdhury worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School at Newark, New Jersey.

Born and grown up in a modest family in undivided India, in Chittagong, a seaport resort locality currently located in Bangladesh, Dr. Chowdhury was interested in science from his childhood and graduated with BSC and MSC degree from Dacca University. Dr. Chowdhury was relocated to Calcutta, India in 1962 and moved to Montreal, Canada as a PhD candidate and earned his Ph.D. degree in Immunochemistry/Physiology in 1970 from McGill University. In the same year Dr. Chowdhury joined the Department of Medicine at UMDNJ as Faculty member. In 1971, Dr. Chowdhury married Pranati Chowdhury, BA (Hons), M.A). Pranati is a graduate from Santi Niketan, an internationally known premier institution in West Bengal. Together they have two sons (Parag, a PhD in Cell Biology currently living in San Diego, California and Pritam, MA; (PhD candidate in Anthropology), living in Fayetteville, Arkansas).

I was initially influenced in my research career by Dr. Anil Saha, my PhD. Mentor at the McGill University and later by Dr. Francis Pierre Chinard, a famous researcher in Pulmonary Physiology and a Physician from UMDNJ. When I joined UAMS, my research projects were shaped up in collaboration with Professor Phil Rayford from whom I have learnt the role of active biological peptides and their influence in Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology.

My research has focused on pulmonary physiology and gastrointestinal endocrinology as it relates to pathogenesis of pulmonary injury and induction of pancreatitis by smoke components. We have demonstrated that nicotine, one of the major and addictive components of cigarette smoking is possibly the most important agent in the trigger of inflammatory responses in pancreas causing alterations in pancreatic physiology that may lead to Pancreatitis and perhaps to Pancreatic Cancer development in smokers. In recent years, our research has focused on an animal model of simulated weightlessness representing microgravity, and study the effect of hind limb suspension to physiological responses to various tissues with an ultimate aim of developing countermeasures for space travel related sickness. Along with other team members from UAMS we are currently interested in studying the physiological alterations involving musculoskeletal, vascular and metabolic effects of microgravity and space radiation and their intimate connection to metabolic syndromes. Our research was continuously supported by Federal and other granting agencies.

Dr. Chowdhury was always influenced by The American Physiological Society. The first FASEB meeting I have attended was in 1973 and the first international presentation I participated in Physiological Congress was in New Delhi in 1974. I have always supported and attended the FASEB meeting since 1981. I have participated in many events that influenced the role of APS to high school students.

Dr. Chowdhury has authored/coauthored over 131 peer-reviewed research publications including book chapters, and editorials in high-impact journals.  He has over 285 scientific research abstracts published from presentations at various local, national and international conferences. He serves in the Editorial Board of several journals and is a reviewer of numerous peer reviewed journals. A member of many professional societies, Dr. Chowdhury served as President of International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases [ISPTID] (2006-2008) and also as President of Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America [ASIOA] (2006-2008). Dr Chowdhury has supervised/directed many students for their thesis/dissertation projects. He is a recipient of many competitive awards and honors throughout his career.