Faculty

Division Head

Dr. Karen VasquezVasquez, Karen, Ph.D.
Doluisio Regents Professor
Division Head and Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510A & DPI 2.214
(512) 495-3040
karen.vasquez@austin.utexas.edu

Vasquez’ research efforts are focused in the areas of genome instability, DNA damage and mechanisms of repair. A unique feature of this lab’s approach is an emphasis on the role of DNA structure in human disease, particularly on cancer-relevant chromosomal translocations, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treating cancer.

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 Faculty

DiGiovanni, John, Ph.D.
Coulter R. Sublett Chair
Director of Center for Molecular Carcinogenesis and Toxicology
Associate Director of Basic Science Research, LiveSTRONG Cancer Institutes
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
DPI 2.228 & PHR 5.218D
(512)495-4726
john.digiovanni@austin.utexas.edu

DiGiovanni’s research focuses on understanding how cancer develops and on the identification of novel targets, mechanisms and strategies for cancer prevention.

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Christine L. DuvauchelleDuvauchelle, Christine L., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
PHR 5.224D
512-471-1090
duvauchelle@austin.utexas.edu

Duvauchelle is exploring neural mechanisms of reward using behavioral, pharmacological, neurochemical & immunological methodologies.

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Carlton EricksonErickson, Carlton K., Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Dean
Pfizer Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
PHR 4.220C
512-471-5198
carl.erickson@austin.utexas.edu

Erickson is interested in behavioral change methods and theory, attitudinal theory, and how to influence public opinion regarding drug use, abuse and dependence in our society.

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Rueben GonzalesGonzales, Rueben A., Ph.D.
Jacques P. Servier Regents Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
PHR 5.224C
512-471-5192
rgonzales@austin.utexas.edu

The goal of Gonzales’ lab is to understand the neurochemical basis for ethanol drinking behavior.

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Andrea C. GoreGore, Andrea C., Ph.D.
Vacek Chair in Pharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510B
512-471-3669
andrea.gore@austin.utexas.edu

Gore’s laboratory is interested in the mechanisms by which the brain controls reproductive development and aging, and effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on the developing brain.

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Davit KidaneKidane, Dawit, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
DPI 2.220
512-495-4720
dawit.kidane@austin.utexas.edu

Kidane’s research interest is in cancer biology, DNA repair and genomic instability, infection-mediated inflammation and cancer, DNA damage response in preeclampsia; and screening DNA repair genes as a novel biomarkers for predicting preeclampsia.

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Ted MillsMills, Edward M., Ph.D.
Bergen-Brunswig Fellow
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510D
512-471-6699
tedmills@austin.utexas.edu

Understanding mitochondrial and bioenergetic signaling mechanisms that contribute to age-related metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

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Rick MorrisettMorrisett, Richard, Ph.D.
Revco Foundation Fellow
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
PHR 5.218C
512-471-1911
ramorris@austin.utexas.edu

Morrisett’s primary research interests center upon the role of amino-acid derived neurotransmitter systems and synaptic transmission in alterations that in underlie a variety of forms of neural functioning and pathologies.

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Som MukhopadhyayMukhopadhyay, Somshuvra, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510E
Phone: 512-232-8200
som@austin.utexas.edu

A major goal of Mukhopadhyay’s research is to understand how gene-environment interactions alter neuronal physiology to induce parkinsonian disorders.

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John RichburgRichburg, John H., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Gustavus & Louise Pfeiffer Professorship in Toxicology
PHR 4.220
512-471-4736
john.richburg@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Richburg’s research focuses on characterizing the molecular and cellular mechanisms that initiate testicular germ cells to undergo apoptosis after injury by environmental or chemotherapeutic agents.

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Carla Van Den BergVan Den Berg, Carla, Pharm.D.
Dean’s Fellow for Academic Development
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
carla.vandenberg@austin.utexas.edu

Van Den Berg’s research focuses on the role of growth factor-mediated treatment resistance in breast cancer.

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Non Tenure Track, Research and Graduate Training Faculty

Igor PonomarevPonomarev, Igor, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
MBB 1.318A
(512)491-5122
ponomarev@utexas.edu

Ponomarev’s research focuses on two related questions: a) molecular mechanisms of alcohol addiction and b) molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity in response to genetic and pharmacological perturbations.

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 Achinto Saha, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
DPI 2.222
Phone number: 512-495-4722
achinto@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Saha’s research focuses on three main areas dealing with cancer as follows: (1) elucidating the molecular mechanisms of chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity of phytochemicals and their combinations; (2) the role of dietary energy balance especially obesity on chemokines and cytokines networks, tumor microenvironment and cancer progression; and (3) understanding the effects and mechanisms of amino acid depletion as a novel therapeutic approach for cancer management.


Gulian WangWang, Guliang, M.D. & Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
DPI 2.210
guliang.wang@austin.utexas.edu

Wang’s research activity is focused on understanding the effects of DNA modification and secondary structure on DNA damage/repair and genomic instability, and the cellular response to DNA damaging agents.

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Retired and Emeritus Faculty

Combs, Alan B., Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
acombs@austin.utexas.edu

Combs is interested in cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology and in pharmacogenetics/genomics as well as distance education and the instructional uses of technology.


Fineg, Jerry, D.V.M.
James T. Doluisio Regents Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology & Toxicology
j.fineg@utexas.edu

Fineg is interested in computer-based animal care management. Fineg is the retired founding director of the UT Animal Research Center. During his more than 30 year tenure, he had primary responsibility for taking a campus research animal program that had no permanent clinical veterinarian into the modern era of specialized animal facilities.


Wilcox, Richard E., Ph.D.
James T. Doluisio Centennial Fellowship in Pharmacy
Professor Emeritus of Neuropharmacology
wilcoxrich@austin.utexas.edu

Wilcox is interested in both agonist affinity at closely related receptors and science education in dual diagnosis patients.

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 Affiliate & Adjunct Faculty

For more information about the faculty listed below, please click on the highlighted names.

Shawn B. Bratton, Ph.D.

David Crews, Ph.D.


Juan Dominguez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
SEA 5.252
(512) 232-8050
dominguez@utexas.edu

Research is focused on the investigation of the the neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors; using mating behavior as a prototypic model to better understand motivation and its associated disorders, especially the neuroendocrinological factors that regulate depression and addiction.


Alan Frazer, Ph.D.

Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D.


R. Adron HarrisHarris, R. Adron, Ph.D.
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Chair in Molecular Biology
Assistant Director of Waggoner Center for Alcohol & Addiction Research
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
MBB 1.124A
(512) 232-2514
harris@mail.utexas.edu

Harris’ laboratory is investigating structure and function of ion channels with emphasis on molecular mechanisms responsible for alcohol and drug actions.

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David Johnson, Ph.D.


Michela MarinelliMarinelli, Michela, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 6.114A
512-471-0080
micky.marinelli@austin.utexas.edu

Marinelli’s lab focuses on understanding the biological bases of addiction. The lab uses a systems-approach, combining complementary levels of analysis, which include molecular, cellular, anatomical, and behavioral studies.

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Robert O. MessingMessing, Robert O., M.D.
Henry M. Burlage Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
BME 6.116A
Phone: 512-471-1735
Fax: 512-471-5002
romessing@austin.utexas.edu

Messing’s research is focused on disturbances in signal transduction that contribute to addiction, emotional disorders, and pain, with the goal of identifying new treatments.
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John S. MihicMihic, S. John, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Section of Neurobiology
MBB 1.148
(512)232-7174
mihic@austin.utexas.edu

Mihics’ laboratory is focused on characterizing the molecular mechanisms through which alcohol, inhaled solvents, sedatives and anaesthetics act on ligand-activated ion channels.

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Maria D Person, PHD

John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.


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