Faull, Kym F., Ph.D.
  • Director, Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

  • Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

  • Member of Brain Research Institute at UCLA

  • Professor in Residence, Semel Institute (NPI)

Faull, Kym F., Ph.D.


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: (310) 206-7881
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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.


Publications (selected peer-reviewed publications)

  • Lam MPY, Scruggs SB, Kim TY, Zong C, Lau E, Wang D, Ryan CM, Faull KF, Ping P. An MRM-based workflow for quantifying cardiac mitochondrial protein phosphorylation in murine and human tissue. Journal of proteomics 2012;75(15):4602-4609. PMID: 22387130; PMCID: PMC3405178
  • Xu H, Kongmanas K, Kadunganattil S, Smith CE, Rupar T, Goto-Inoue N, Hermo L, Faull KF, Tanphaichitr N. Arylsulfatase A deficiency causes seminolipid accumulation and a lysosomal storage disorder in Sertoli cells. J Lipid Res 2011;52(12):2187-2197. PMID: 21965315; PMCID: PMC3220287
  • Landau M, Sawaya MR, Faull KF, Laganowsky A, Jiang L, Sievers SA, Liu J, Barrio JR, Eisenberg D. Towards a pharmacophore for amyloid. PLoS biology 2011;9(6):e1001080. PMID: 21695112; PMCID: PMC3114762


  • Fazlollahi F, Faull KF, Ringman JM, McArthur DL, Martin NA, Hovda DA, Glenn TC. A Metabolomics Approach to Investigating the Link between Alzheimer’s Disease and Human Traumatic Brain Injury in the Acute Phase. Annual meeting of the National Neurotrauma Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 2012.
  • Miles RC, Fazlollahi F, Ringman JM, Glenn TC, McArthur DL, Faull KF. Cerebrospinal fluid metabolomics of individuals with PSEN1 mutations. Annual meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2012.