Dipak K. Sarkar

Dipak K. Sarkar.

Distinguished Professor
Director - Endocrine Program
Endocrine Research Facility, Room 104
Phone: 848-932-1529
Email: dipak.sarkar@rutgers.edu


My current research focuses on understanding how stress promotes infection, cancers and alcohol-related diseases using the laboratory rodent as an animal model . Also, we are evaluating the feasibility of cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue-targeted transgenic procedures to understand and prevent stress problems and cancers in normal and alcoholic patients.

Scientific Projects

  • Signal transduction pathways for alcohol action on -EP neuronal differentiation and neurotransmission
  • Alcohol and opioid peptide interaction in the control of NK cell activity
  • Clock genes regulation of neuroendocrine and immune functions
  • Fetal alcohol effects on stress axis
  • Fetal alcohol effects on circadian rhythms
  • Neuronal stem cells and their differentiation
  • Beta-endorphin cell transplants in control of stress disorders and cancer
  • Fetal alcohol effects on tumor susceptibility
  • Alcohol induced oxidative stress and toxicity in developing neurons
  • Epigenetic of alcohol effect on stress axis development
  • Opioid receptor dimerization
  • Neuron and glial interaction in controlling alcohol apoptotic action
  • Cell cell (paracrine and gap-junctional) communications in the control of hormonal carcinogenesis in pituitary lactotropic cells.
  • Determination of the efficacy of adenoviral vector delivery of growth factors in the treatment of pituitary tumors.
  • Effects of alkylphenols in the control of sexual differentiation of the neuroendocrine brain and the development of reproductive functions


Title Location Year
Distinguished Professor and Director Endocrine Program, Center for Alcohol Studies, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Rutgers University 2001
Chair and Professor Dept. of Animal Sciences, Rutgers University 1999
Director Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Washington State University 1998
Adjunct Professor Department of Genetics and Cell Biology, Washington State University 1989
Adjunct Professor Program of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Washington State University 1989
Professor Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology; Washington State University 1996
Associate Professor (Tenured) Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology; Washington State University
Assistant Professor University of California, San Diego, Department of Reproductive Medicine
Research Associate Michigan State University, Department of Physiology 1980
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Neurological Surgery
Postdoctoral Research Assistant University of Oxford, Department of Anatomy


Degree Location Year
D. Phil. Oxford University, UK 1979
Ph.D. Calcutta University, India 1975
M.S. Calcutta University, India 1972
B.S. Calcutta University, India 1970

National Committees

Federal Advisory Board, Member of NIH Study Section (ALTX III, Neurotox 4)
Charter Member, American Neuroendocrine Society, 1997-present
Membership Committee, Endocrine Society, 1996 1999
Finance Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism, 1997 1998
President, Society for Neuroscience Northern Rocky Mountain Chapter, 1998 1999
Public Communication Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism, 1999 2001

Editorial Positions

Editorial board member: Neuroendocrinology 1987 1990, Endocrinology 1989 1992, Open Endocrinology Journal , 2007

Current Research Faculty Postdocs, and Graduate Students

Nadka Boyadjieva, MD, PhD, Visiting Professor, 1993 present
Nadia Rachdaoui, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, present
Maria Ortiguela, MD, PhD, Visiting Scientist, 2006-present
Omkaram Gangisetty, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2012- present
Sengottuvelan Murugan, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010-present
Olivia Wynne, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011-present
Maria Agapito, Graduate Student, Neuroscience, 2006-present
Changqing Zhang, Graduate Student, Endocrinology and Animal Sciences, 2007-present
Tina Franklin, Graduate Student, Molecular Biosciences, 2008-present


Course Director, Byrne Seminars : Endocrine Health and Diseases, Fall 2008
Course Director, 16:067:510, Neuroendocrinology
Instructor, 11:067:494 and 701, Research in Animal Sciences
Instructor, 16:761:600, Physiological Basis of Diseases

Representative Publications

List of Publications - PubMed