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.
Gregg E. Homanics, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
6060 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-648-8172

Fax: 412-383-5267


BS (Animal and Veterinary Science), West Virginia University, 1984.
MS (Animal Science), University of Kentucky, 1987.
PhD (Animal Science), North Carolina State University, 1991.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991-93.

Research Areas
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Important Publications

Finegersh A, Rompala GR, Martin DI and Homanics GE. Drinking beyond a lifetime: New and emerging insights into paternal alcohol exposure on subsequent generations. Alcohol, in press, 2015.

Aguayo LG, Castro P, Mariqueo T, Munoz B, Xiong W, Zhang L, Lovinger DM and Homanics GE.  Altered sedative effects of ethanol in mice with alpha1 glycine receptor subunits that are insensitive to Gβγ modulation. Neuropsychopharmacology 39:2538-2548, 2014.

Finegersh A and Homanics GE. Paternal alcohol exposure reduces alcohol drinking and increases behavioral sensitivity to alcohol selectively in male offspring. PLoS One 9:e99078, 2014.

Finegersh A and Homanics GE.  Acute ethanol alters multiple histone modifications at model gene promoters in the cerebral cortex. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 38:1865-1873, 2014.

Xiong W, Chen SR, He L, Cheng K, Zhao YL, Chen H, Li DP, Homanics GE, Peever J, Rice KC, Wu LG, Pan HL, Zhang L.  Presynaptic glycine receptors as a potential therapeutic target for hyperekplexia disease. Nat Neurosci 17:232-239, 2014.

Ferguson C, McKay M, Harris RA and Homanics GE.  Toll-like receptor 4 (Tlr4) knockout rats produced by transcriptional activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN)-mediated gene inactivation. Alcohol 47:595-599, 2013.  


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Program Achievements

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

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

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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