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.
Kirk Dineley

Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Midwestern University


Graduated: 2002
An Investigation of the Neurotoxic Properties of Zinc

After graduation, in their own words:

Since I left Pitt in 2004, I was teaching in a biology program in a small university in SC.  As of August, I just joined a new pharmacy school near Chicago, where I am responsible for the pharmacology element of our curriculum.  So when the students get interested in teaching careers, this is something I can probably help with.


When I was at Pitt, the BGSA put on an alternative career seminar, with invited speakers who worked in various fields.  (I do hope the BGSA is still vibrant.)  Anyway a lot of us found that very useful, though some faculty probably viewed it as a bit of a distraction.  Of course those were the heydays of NIH funding, so one could be forgiven for believing that most students could and would go on to RO1 positions.   Given the recent funding climate, I would argue that an alternative career series or service is the responsible thing to do, and I do hope the BGSA is as active about that now as it was then.


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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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