Runa Hamid

Runa Hamid

Runa Hamid
Senior Scientist


  • PhD, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (2006)


  • 2021-2023, Project Scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad​
  • 2018-2021, Principal Investigator (DST-CSRI fellow), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad​
  • 2016-2018, Principal Investigator (DST-WOS-A fellow), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad​
  • 2014-2016, Principal Investigator (DST-WOS-A fellow), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal​
  • 2006-2010, Post Doctoral fellow, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai​


  • Neurobiology, Drosophila neurogenetics and Behaviour

Areas of interest

  • Neuropsychiatric disorders, Rare neurological disorders, Rare Genetic disorders​

Honors and Awards

  • 2020, Selected as inspiring women scientist under “Capture 100 Success Stories of WOS-A” program, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.​
  • 2018, Awarded research grant under Cognitive Science Research Initiative Scheme, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India​
  • 2014, Awarded research grant under WOS-A scheme, ​Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India​
  • 2007, Awarded training grant, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (Foundation for Basic Research), Germany​


  • Runa Hamid*, Hitesh Sonaram Sant, Mrunal Nagaraj Kulkarni. Choline Transporter regulates olfactory habituation via a neuronal triad of excitatory, inhibitory and mushroom body neurons (*Corresponding Author)(2021), PLoS Genetics, 17(12): e1009938. Cover Page article (December 2021 issue). Article selected for ‘PLOS Genetics press release’ and received wide media coverage (
  • Runa Hamid *, Nikhil Hajirnis, Shikha Kushwaha, Sadaf Saleem, Vimlesh Kumar, Rakesh K Mishra. Drosophila Choline transporter non-canonically regulates pupal eclosion and NMJ integrity through a neuronal subset of mushroom body. (*Corresponding Author) (2019), Developmental Biology,446 (80-93)
  • Aparna Sadananda *, Runa Hamid *, Harinath Doodhi, Debnath Ghosal, Mukul Girotra, Swadhin Chandra Jana and Krishanu Ray. Choline acetyltransferase binding to a kinesin-II tail is essential for its diffusion-like movement towards synapse. (* Joint first authorship) (2012), Traffic;13 (979-991). (Cover page article)
  • Stefan Mitterreiter, Richard M. Page, Frits Kamp, Jessika Hopson, Edith Winkle, Huy- Riem Ha, Runa Hamid, Jochen Herms, Thomas U. Mayer, Deborah J. Nelson, Harald Steiner, Tobias Stahl, Steffen Roßner, Christian Haass, and Stefan F. Lichtenthaler. Bepidril and Amiodarone simultaneously target the Alzheimer’s disease β- and γ- secretase via distinct mechanisms. (2010) J. Neuroscience, 30(26):8974-8983
  • Runa Hamid, Ellen Kilger, Michael Willem, Neville Vassallo, Markus Kostka., Bornhoevd C., Andreas Reichert, Hans Kretzschmar, Christian Haass, and Jochen Herms. Amyloid Precursor Protein intracellular domain modulates cellular calcium homeostasis and ATP content. (2007) J. Neurochemistry, 102, 1264-1275

Book review

  • Runa Hamid*, Rakesh K Mishra. Experiments with Drosophila for Biology Courses (Edited by S. C. Lakhotia and H. A. Ranganath ISBN: 978-81-950664-2-1), (2021) Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, Vol 87, Issue 2, 423-426, (*Corresponding Author)

Conference proceedings

  • Runa Hamid, Michael Willem, Dieter Edbauer, Harald Steiner, Ulrike Müller, Gerda Wünsch, Hans Kretzschmar, Christian Haass, Jochen Herms. β-Amyloid precursor protein intracellular domain (AICD) strongly enhances resting free cytosolic calcium levels. (2004) Neurobiology of Aging, Vol 25, Supplement 2, Page S81

​​Published blogs

  • Runa Hamid. Tryst with brain molecules, diseases and more. (2022) SciTales