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Department of Pharmacology

Houston, Texas

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Faculty List and Research Interests

Primary Faculty Name Position Research
Timothy Palzkill, Ph.D. Timothy Palzkill, Ph.D.
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Chair and Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Professor Virology & Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Role of beta-lactamase mutations in antibiotic resistance

Functional genomics of Treponema pallidum

Patrick Barth, Ph.D.

Patrick Barth, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Exploring signaling mechanisms across biological membranes using integrative computational/experimental approaches

Pui-Kwong Chan, Ph.D.

Pui-Kwong Chan, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Pharmacology Anti-tumor agents and mechanisms

Dorit B. Donoviel, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Center for Space Medicine

Deputy Chief Scientist and Industry Forum Lead of National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)

Physiological adaptation of mammals to long-duration spaceflight and

Applications to understanding disease processes experienced on Earth

William Edwin Fann, M.D.

William Edwin Fann, M.D.
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Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Side effects and interactions of psychotropic compounds

Choel Kim, Ph.D.

Choel Kim, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Protein-Protein Recognition and Assembly of Higher Order Signal Transduction Complexes

Ramachandra R. Reddy, Ph.D. Ramachandra R. Reddy, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Pharmacology Synthesis of small nuclear RNAs: Function of post-transcriptional modifications
Yongcheng Song, Ph.D. Yongcheng Song, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Rational design and development of small molecule inhibitors for drug discovery/chemical biology

Jin Wang, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology Nanomedicine for cancer and cardiovascular disease

Molecular probes for biological and biomedical imaging
Lynn Yeoman, Ph.D. Lynn Yeoman, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Pharmacology Director, Medical Pharmacology Course
Secondary Faculty Name

Position and Primary Department

Research
Farhad R. Danesh, M.D. Farhad R. Danesh, M.D.
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Professor, Departments of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, and Pharmacology

Role of Rho family of small GTPases in mediating microvascular complications of diabetes

Potential beneficial effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors also known as statins, in diabetes and its micro/macrovascular complications

Richard De La Garza, Ph.D. Richard De La Garza, Ph.D.
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Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology

Safety and efficacy of novel medications for methamphetamine and cocaine addiction

Role of stress system activation in stimulant abuse and addiction

Thomas Kosten, M.D. Thomas Kosten, M.D.
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Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Research Director of the VA National Substance Use Disorders Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) & Jay H. Waggoner Chair

Substance Dependence

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Neuroimaging

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.
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Senior Vice President for Research
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Molecular & Human Genetics and Pharmacology

Molecular genetics of development in Dictyostelium
Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D. Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D.
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Professor, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Programs in Developmental Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Structural & Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics. Engineering proteins or peptides to rationally disrupt protein pathways.
Jianpeng Ma, Ph.D. Jianpeng Ma, Ph.D.
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Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pharmacology
Department of Bioengineering at Rice University

Multi-resolution and Multi-length Scale Simulation of Supermolecular Complexes

Structural Refinement for X-ray, cryo-EM and Fiber Diffraction

Structure Modeling and Prediction

Martin Matzuk , M.D., Ph.D.
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The Stuart A. Wallace Chair, Department of Pathology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Co-Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Reproductive and embryonic development

Roles of growth factors in mammalian reproduction, development, and oncogenesis

Thomas Newton, M.D.
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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry

Addiction Research

David Nielsen, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pharmacology Pharmacogenetic research, vaccines for the treatment of addictions, traumatic brain injury (TBI)
James L. Pool, M.D. James L. Pool, M.D.
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Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

Clinical trials and translational research in clinical pharmacology of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in cardiovascular diseases

Zhou Songyang, Ph.D. Zhou Songyang, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction

Genetic Screens, Proteomic and Functional Genomics

Addison A. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. Addison A. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
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Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Baylor College of Medicine Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Chief of Section of Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine
Theodore G. Wensel, Ph.D. Theodore G. Wensel, Ph.D.
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Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Professor, Departments of Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology

G-Protein-Coupled Receptors, and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in healthy and degenerating neurons
Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D. Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Department of Pharmacology
Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology & Microbiology

DNA stucture, function, and use for gene therapy; DNA topoisomerases and the drugs that block them

Adjunct Faculty Name

Position and Primary Department

Research
Adjunct Professor
Janet Stringer, M.D., Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor
Benigno Valdez, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor
Gerald I. Busch, M.D. Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Faculty Name

Position and Primary Department

Research
Wanzhi Huang, Ph.D. Wanzhi Huang, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor

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