Dr. Anumantha G. Kanthasamy, Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University

Dr. Anumantha Kanthasamy is Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor, Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Eugene and Linda Lloyd Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He also served as chair of the Interdepartmental Toxicology Graduate Program for eight years and is the founding director of the Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology (ICAN) at Iowa State. Dr. Kanthasamy’s research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and other related neurodegenerative diseases, encompassing the areas of molecular neurotoxicology, cell death and survival signaling, protein aggregation, neuroinflammation epigenetics and translational medicine. His research program has been continuously supported by NIH for over 20 years, and he has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Dr. Kanthasamy received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, his Master’s and PhD in Biochemistry from Madras University in India, and did his postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Purdue University. Prior to joining Iowa State, Dr. Kanthasamy was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology and in the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine at the University of California in Irvine, California. Dr. Kanthasamy leads a Presidential Interdisciplinary Translational Research Program called the Big Data Brain Initiative, which aims to identify new treatments and diagnostic biomarkers for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.


Dr. Kanthasamy has a strong commitment and dedication to graduate education and has graduated about 20 PhD students, several of which have assumed positions at other academic institutions or pharmaceutical companies. His graduates have excelled in presenting their research work at national meetings, thus far winning over 100 awards. He also established a new one-year MS graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences in the veterinary college that provides a strong career path to professional programs as well as to pharmaceutical companies and other employment opportunities. Dr. Kanthasamy also teaches toxicology and pharmacology courses to graduate students and veterinary medical students. He regularly serves on a variety of panels, including NIH study sections and other grant review committees. Dr. Kanthasamy was recently elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences as well as Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Kanthasamy served as the president of the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology and also served sequential terms as vice president and president of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section in the Society of Toxicology.