Dr. Prem Ponka is an internationally recognized scientist in the fields of iron metabolism, heme synthesis and erythropoiesis.
He documented several unique mechanisms, in particular the role of iron, involved in the regulation of heme synthesis in erythroid cells.
He was the first to identify PIH and SIH as highly efficient intracellular chelators.
He continues with detailed analysis of the interaction between endosomes and mitochondria.
He studies the role of HO1 in erythroid cells and macrophages.
Dr. Ponka at the McGill Department of Physiology