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.
Brad Andresen

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences


Graduated: 2002
Angiotensin II Signaling to Phospholipase D in a Model of Genetic Hypertension

After graduation, in their own words:

After Pitt I went to the NIH as a Postdoc, and sadly I have a “failed” postdoc.  I had two high-risk high-reward projects that went bust, and I left the lab a bit too early to an Instructor position at Georgetown.  This was good as I got to start some new experiments and form lasting friendships, but I was definitely too young to be a faculty. 


I was only at Georgetown for three years and then moved to my first assistant prof. position at the University of Missouri in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine. 


I was at Univ. of MO for 4 years and this academic year started at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Pharmacy.  So now I have a much higher teaching load than at a Medical school, and I am at a small school so my R01 dreams are going to be hard to achieve.  However, the environment is excellent and I have found an institution where I am valued and I “fit in”.  So what I can offer students is a peek at the underbelly of academia and discuss with them teaching (and doing some research) at pharmacy schools.



1/24/2019 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Alexander Sorkin, PhD

2/7/2019 10:45 AM Molecular Pharmacology Journal Club
Regina Schnegelberger

2/7/2019 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Gavin Arteel, PhD, FAASLD

Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Event Calendar

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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