Division Head

Dr. Karen VasquezVasquez, Karen, Ph.D.
Doluisio Regents Professor
Division Head and Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510A & DPRI 2.214

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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John DiGiovanniDiGiovanni, John, Ph.D.
Coulter R. Sublett Chair
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510E & DPRI 2.228
1400 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

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

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

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Rueben GonzalesGonzales, Rueben A., Ph.D.
Jacques P. Servier Regents Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
PHR 5.224C

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

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

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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Davit KidaneKidane, Dawit, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
DPRI 2.220

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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Michela MarinelliMarinelli, Michela, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 6.114A

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

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

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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Ted MillsMills, Edward M., Ph.D.
Bergen-Brunswig Fellow
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
BME 3.510D

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

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
Fax: 512-475-6088

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

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
DPI 2.208

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 1.318AA

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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Gulian WangWang, Guliang, M.D. & Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
DPI 2.210

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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Teaching and Administrative Faculty

Carlton EricksonErickson, Carlton K., Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Dean
Pfizer Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
PHR 4.220C
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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Rich WilcoxWilcox, Richard E., Ph.D.
James T. Doluisio Centennial Fellowship in Pharmacy
Professor of Neuropharmacology
PHR 5.224BB

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

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Retired and Emeritus Faculty

Combs, Alan B., Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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

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.

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.

Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D.

Alan Frazer, Ph.D.

Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D.

Roberta L. Grant, Ph.D.

John Ivy, Ph.D.

David Johnson, Ph.D.

Wayne R. Patterson, PHD

Maria D Person, PHD

Dean Tang, Ph.D.

John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Benhamou, Mirna
BME 3.510
Phone: 512-471-5096
Fax: 512-475-6088

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