Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Brain Biochemistry, Physiology, and Mass Spectrometry.
Kym Francis Faull was born, raised and educated at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in 1968, an Honours degree in Agricultural Biochemistry (nitrogen metabolism of soil-borne bacteria ) in 1969 and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology in 1974 (gibberellin biosynthesis). After a post-doctoral fellowship (74-76) at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales (human metabolic diseases), he joined the research staff at Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (76-90) where he rose through the ranks of staff and senior staff scientific officers. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1990 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and the Neuropsychiatric Institute. With an unusual combination of interests and experience encompassing biochemistry, and in particular brain biochemistry, and with expertise in mass spectrometry, his objective was to develop a multifaceted program in analytical neurochemistry addressing the biochemical substrates of psychiatric diseases. As a consequence of his extensive research collaborations, the scope of Dr. Faull's responsibilities expanded in 1992 to embrace teaching and research missions across Departments within the Medical School and the College of Letters and Sciences. This change came with his appointment as Director of the newly-created Center for Molecular and Medical Sciences Mass Spectrometry, subsequently re-named The Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Located in the then recently completed Molecular Life Sciences Building, the mission of this interdepartmental facility was to broadly develop a mass spectrometry research and service facility for the entire campus.