Stony Brook University, USA
Basil Rigas, M.D, D.Sc got graduated from Athens University and did postgraduate work at Brown (Medicine), Brandeis (Biochemistry) and Yale (Gastroenterology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Molecular Biology in the Department of Human Genetics). He served on the faculty at Cornell University (Department of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology), Rockefeller University and the Institute for Cancer Prevention (formerly known as the American Health Foundation). Currently, he is a Professor of Medicine and also of Pharmacological Sciences and serves as Chief of the Division of Cancer Prevention, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Director of the Center for Cancer Prevention at Stony Brook, an interdisciplinary center established by the School of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.
The prevention of colon cancer using traditional NSAIDs, NO-donating NSAIDs and other pharmacological agents. He has also pioneered the application of infrared spectroscopy to biology with emphasis on cancer holding several relevant patents. A new area of work concerns the use of nanotechnology in the prevention of cancer.