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


  • Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

  • Lu Huang (Advisor: Chris Counter)
  • “The Role of Redox-dependent Reactions with Kras Cysteine 118 in Tumorigenesis”
  • 143 Jones
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Mamle Quarmyne (Advisor: John Chute)
  • “Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Receptor Type S (PTPRS) Regulates Hematopoietic Stem Cell Self-Renewal”
  • 143 Jones
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  • Johan Auwerx, MD, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • "Mitochondrial function, metabolism and aging"
  • 103 Bryan Research Building
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  • Brian Freeman, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • "Molecular chaperones mediate protein-DNA dynamics"
  • 103 Bryan Research Building
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • Leonor Añó (Advisor: David Kirsch)
  • “Using novel GEMMs of STS to interrogate the contribution of cell of origin and tissue injury to sarcoma development”
  • 143 Jones
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