The Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology was created to foster collaborative interactions between scientists with different, though complementary, research interests and expertise. The primary goal in developing such an interdisciplinary department was to create an environment where rigorous scientific debate and discourse between researchers with different perspectives would create a stimulating and productive intellectual environment for faculty and trainees alike. As you browse through the research descriptions of our faculty and appreciate the breadth and significance of their scientific achievements, it should become clear that this experiment was a tremendous success. Research projects address a myriad of important scientific questions relevant to cancer, metabolism, nervous system function, drugs of abuse, and environmental toxicants. However, one unifying theme that has emerged in the department is cell signaling and the use of pharmacological approaches to define the key regulatory steps in relevant pathways that may be amenable to pharmaceutical exploitation or whose dysregulation may be involved in the pathogenesis of disease. It is a privilege to welcome you to our website and we encourage you to learn more about the opportunities in research, training, and education offered by this exciting and dynamic department.
Donald P. McDonnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman


  • Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Kelly Lindblom (Advisor: Sally Kornbluth)
  • “Role and Regulation of Caspase-2 in Lipoapoptosis”
  • 147 Nanaline Duke
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • Amy Guo (Advisor: Sue Jinks-Robertson)
  • “Tracking individual repair events occurring at mitotic double-strand breaks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”
  • 001 MSRB
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

  • Jessica Reinardy (Advisor: Chris Kontos)
  • “The role of Tie1 threonine phosphorylation in a novel angiogenesis regulatory pathway”
  • 143 Jones
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • Jacob Mercer (Advisor: Daniel Wechsler)
  • “A Role for PICALM in Macroautophagy and Cellular Cholesterol Homeostasis”
  • 147 Nanaline Duke
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