Courtney Andersen studies the role of estrogen receptor-alpha in ovarian cancer.
Chris Barnes investigates the structural details by which transcription factor activity regulates RNA Polymerase II during the universal process of eukaryotic gene expression.
Soma Jobaggy studies nitrated fatty acid pharmacology and the antioxidant response in hypertensive end-organ damage.
Allison Nagle studies growth factor receptor signaling in breast cancer.
Thong Luong
Graduate Student Researcher


BS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2011

Faculty Mentor
Kara A. Bernstein, PhD
G.5C Hillman Cancer Center 5117 Centre Avenue
Photo of Thong Luong


Helicases are crucial for repair, replication, and recombination of DNA as DNA must be unwound to begin any of these processes; I’m interested in elucidating the role of S. cerevisiae Hrq1 helicase as it will give us more insight into the important family of RecQ helicases.


Egnatchik RA, Brittain EL, Shah AT, Fares WH, Ford HJ, Monahan K, Kang CJ, Kocurek EG, Zhu S, Luong T, Nguyen TT, Hysinger E, Austin ED, Skala MC, Young JD, Roberts LJ 2nd, Hemnes AR, West J, Fessel JP. Dysfunctional BMPR2 signaling drives an abnormal endothelial requirement for glutamine in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Pulm Circ. 2017 Feb 1;7(1):186-199. doi: 10.1086/690236. eCollection 2017 Mar. PubMed PMID: 28680578; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5448547.

Hardeman KN, Peng C, Paudel BB, Meyer CT, Luong T, Tyson DR, Young JD, Quaranta V, Fessel JP. Dependence On Glycolysis Sensitizes BRAF-mutated Melanomas For Increased Response To Targeted BRAF Inhibition. Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 16;7:42604. doi: 10.1038/srep42604. PubMed PMID: 28205616; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5311997.


3/29/2018 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Yuanyuan Chen, Ph.D.

4/3/2018 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Special Seminar
Craig J. Burd, Ph.D.

4/6/2018 10:00 AM Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Vera Procaccia

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Program Achievements

Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program Ranked #2 in National Research Council Rankings

Outcomes:  Time to disseration, last five graduating clasess:  4.5 years, Completion Rate: 84.8%

Ranked #12 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty two consecutive years

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