Donald B. DeFranco, PhD

Professor & Vice Chair of Medical Education, Associate Dean for Medical Student Research

Glucocorticoids and Neurodevelopment. Prostate cancer.

7041 Biomedical Science Tower 3
3501 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-4259
Fax: 412-648-1945


BA (Biology), Temple University, 1976
PhD (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry), Yale University, 1981
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, 1985
Donald B. DeFranco, PhD

Student News


Molecular Pharmacology Journal Club
Heidi Schmidt
Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
1395 Conference Room

Recent Publications

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