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.
William C. de Groat, PhD
Distinguished Professor
W 1352 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-648-9357

Fax: 412-648-1945

BS (Pharmacy), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 1960
MS (Pharmacology), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 1962
PhD (Pharmacology), University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1965
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1965-1966.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University, Dept. of Physiology, 1966-1968

Research Areas
Pharmacology of Cell and Organ Systems
Benign Urologic Disorders
Endocrine Pharmacology/Physiology
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Dr. de Groat is interested in the autonomic nervous system and the neural regulation of pelvic visceral functions. Current studies focus on the reflex control of the urogenital tract and the mechanisms underlying transmission at central and peripheral autonomic synapses. These experiments are designed to examine (1) the neurotransmitters in the reflex pathways, (2) neuroplasticity during postnatal development or following neural injury, (3) the neural pathways responsible for the detection of visceral pain, and (4) the actions of drugs used to treat urogenital dysfunction. Experiments are conducted on a variety of preparations ranging from intact animals to isolated tissues, like spinal cord slices and dissociated neurons.

Important Publications
de Groat WC and C Wickens.  Organization of the neural switching circuitry underlying reflex micturition.  Acta Physiologica 207:66-84, 2013.
Fitzgerald J, E Ustinova, K Koronowski, WC de Groat and M Pezzone.  Evidence for the role of mast cells in bowel-bladder cross organ sensitization.  Autonomic Neuroscience Basic and Clinical 173:6-13, 2013.
Yu Y and WC de Groat.  Nitric oxide modulates bladder afferent nerve activity in the in vitro urinary bladder-pelvic preparation from rats with cyclophosphamide induced cystitis.  Brain Research 1490:83-94, 2013.
Mally AD, Y Matsuta, F Zhang, B Shen, J Wang, JR Roppolo, WC de Groat and C Tai.  Role of opioid and metabotropic glutamate 5 receptors in pudendal inhibition of bladder overactivity in cats.  Journal of Urology 189:1574-1579, 2013.
Tai C, JA Larson, PD Ogagan, G Chen, B Shen, J Wang, JR Roppolo and WC de Groat.  Differential role of opioid receptors in tibial nerve inhibition of nociceptive and non-nociceptive bladder reflexes in cats.  American Journal of Renal Physiology 302:F1090-F1097, 2012.
Zhang X, C Pietra, E Lovati and WC de Groat.  Activation of neurokinin-1 receptors increases the excitability of guinea pig dorsal root ganglion cells.  Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 343:44-52, 2012.
Tai C, B Shen, AD Mally, F Zhang, J Wang, JR Roppolo and WC de Groat.  Inhibition of micturition reflex by activation of somatic afferents in posterior femoral cutaneous nerve.  Journal of Physiology (London) 590:4945-4955, 2012.


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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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