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.
Dennis Curran, PhD
Professor, Chemistry
1101 Chevron Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-8240

Fax: 412.624.9861


BS (Chemistry), Chemistry, Boston College, 1975.
PhD (Chemistry), University of Rochester, 1979.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1979-81.

Research Areas
Drug Discovery
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Dr. Curran’s research interests lie in the area of natural products synthesis and the development of new synthetic methods. Dr. Curran is best known for his work in radical chemistry, where he is an acknowledged leader in the application of free radical reactions to problems in organic synthesis. His 1988 review in Synthesis on “The Design and Application of Free Radical Reactions in Organic Synthesis” is still one of the most often cited papers in the field, and during 1989 it was the most highly cited paper in all of chemistry (see The Scientist, Vol. 4, April 1990). More recently, his work in fluorous chemistry is opening new options for coupling synthesis and separation in both traditional and parallel synthesis.


Program Achievements

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


Time to dissertation Defense
, last five graduating classes:  4.6 years, Completion Rate: 86.49%

First Author Publications (All students, past 5 year mean):  2.03;   Total Publications: 5.10

F-series Grants (F30/F31) (All Students, past 5 year mean):  12/34 (35%) 

Ranked #9 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty-four consecutive years

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