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.
John Fernstrom, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
1620 WPIC
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-2032

Fax: 412-624-3696


BS (Biology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969.
PhD (Neuropharmacology, Nutritional Biochemistry), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972.

Research Areas
Signal Transduction
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Important Publications
Fernstrom JD and Choi. The development of tolerance to drugs that suppress food intake. Pharmacology & Therapeutics 117:105-122, 2008.
Rajakumar K, JD Fernstrom, MF Holick, JE Janosky and SL Greenspan. Vitamin D status and response to vitamin D3 in obese vs non-obese African-American children. Obesity 16:90-95, 2008.
Yao N, RJ Sclabassi, Q Liu, J Yang, JD Fernstrom, MH Fernstrom and M Sun. A Video Processing Approach to the Study of Obesity. Proceedings, 2007 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (2-5 July 2007, Beijing), pp. 1727-1730, 2007.
Fernstrom JD and MH Fernstrom. Tyrosine, phenylalanine and catecholamine synthesis and function in brain. Journal of Nutrition 137:1539S-1547S, 2007.
Fernstrom JD. Health issues relating to monosodium glutamate use in the diet. In: Reducing Salt in Foods: Practical Strategies, Kilcast C, Angus F, eds. Boca Raton FL: CRC Press, pp. 55-76, 2007.
Choi S, B DiSilvio, J Unangst and JD Fernstrom. Effect of chronic infusion of olanzapine and clozapine on food intake and body weight gain in male and female rats. Life Sciences 81:1024-1030, 2007.
Choi S, V Blake, S Cole and JD Fernstrom. Effects of chronic fenfluramine administration on hypothalamic neuropeptide mRNA expression. Brain Research 1087:83-86, 2006.
Fernstrom JD, AP Courcoulas, PR Houck and MH Fernstrom. Chronic changes in blood pressure in extremely obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Archives of Surgery 141:276-283, 2006.


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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