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Division Head

Richburg, John H., Ph.D.
Division Head, Professor of Pharm./Tox.
Gustavus & Louise Pfeiffer
Professorship in Toxicology
BME 3.510A

Dr. Richburg's research focuses on characterizing the molecular and cellular mechanisms that initiate testicular germ cells to undergo apoptosis after injury by environmental or chemotherapeutic agents.
Tenured/Tenure-Track, Research and Graduate Training Faculty

DiGiovanni, John, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
Coulter R. Sublett Chair
BME 3.510E & DPRI 2.228
1400 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

DiGiovanni's research focuses on understanding how cancer develops and on the identification of novel targets, mechanisms and strategies for cancer prevention.

Duvauchelle, Christine L., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharm./Tox.
PHR 5.224D

Duvauchelle is exploring neural mechanisms of reward using behavioral, pharmacological, neurochemical & immunological methodologies.

Gonzales, Rueben A., Ph.D.
Jacques P. Servier Regents
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
PHR 5.224C

The goal of Gonzales' lab is to understand the neurochemical basis for ethanol drinking behavior.

Gore, Andrea C., Ph.D.
J&J Centennial
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
BME 3.510B

Gore's laboratory is interested in the mechanisms by which the brain controls reproductive development and aging, and effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on the developing brain.


Harris, R. Adron, Ph.D.
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner
Chair in Molecular Biology
Director of Waggoner Center for
Alcohol & Addiction Research
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
MBB 1.124A
(512) 232-2514

Harris' laboratory is investigating structure and function of ion channels with emphasis on molecular mechanisms responsible for alcohol and drug actions.

Kidane, Dawit, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharm./Tox.
DPRI 2.220

Kidane's research interest is in cancer biology; DNA repair and genomic instability; infection-mediated inflammation and cancer; DNA damage response in preeclampsia; and screening DNA repair genes as a novel biomarkers for predicting preeclampsia.

Marinelli, Michela, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharm./Tox.
BME 6.114A

Marinelli's lab focuses on understanding the biological bases of addiction. The lab uses a systems-approach, combining complementary levels of analysis, which include molecular, cellular, anatomical, and behavioral studies.

Messing, Robert O., M.D.
Henry M. Burlage Centennial
Professor of Pharmacy
Pharm. Tox.
BME 6.116A
Phone: 512-471-1735
Fax: 512-471-5002

Messing's research is focused on disturbances in signal transduction that contribute to addiction, emotional disorders, and pain, with the goal of identifying new treatments.


Mihic, S. John, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Section of Neurobiology
MBB 1.148

Mihics' laboratory is focused on characterizing the molecular mechanisms through which alcohol, inhaled solvents, sedatives and anaesthetics act on ligand-activated ion channels.

Mills, Edward M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharm./Tox.
Bergen-Brunswig Fellow
BME 3.510D

Understanding mitochondrial and bioenergetic signaling mechanisms that contribute to age-related metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Morrisett, Richard, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
Revco Foundation Fellow
PHR 5.218C

Morrisett's primary research interests center upon the role of amino-acid derived neurotransmitter systems and synaptic transmission in alterations that in underlie a variety of forms of neural functioning and pathologies.

Mukhopadhyay, Somshuvra, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pharm. Tox.
BME 3.510F
Phone: 512-232-8200
Fax: 512-475-6088

Mukhopadhyay studies intracellular membrane trafficking in the context of normal cell physiology and human disease.

Van Den Berg, Carla, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharm./Tox.
DPI 2.208

Van Den Berg's research focuses on the role of growth factor-mediated treatment resistance in breast cancer.

Vasquez, Karen, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
Doluisio Regents Professor
PHR 5.224B & DPRI 2.214

Vasquez' research efforts are focused in the areas of genome instability, DNA damage and mechanisms of repair. A unique feature of this lab's approach is an emphasis on the role of DNA structure in human disease, particularly on cancer-relevant chromosomal translocations, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treating cancer.

Wright, Casey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharm./Tox.
BME 3.510C

Wright's laboratory is focused on unraveling the complex regulatory mechanisms that govern the activity of the pluripotent transcription factor nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB).
Non Tenure Track, Research and Graduate Training Faculty

Ponomarev, Igor, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Pharm./Tox.
MBB 1.318AA

Ponomarev's research focuses on two related questions: a) molecular mechanisms of alcohol addiction and b) molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity in response to genetic and pharmacological perturbations.

Wang, Gulian, M.D. & Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Pharm./Tox.
DPI 2.210

Wang's research activity is focused on understanding the effects of DNA modification and secondary structure on DNA damage/repair and genomic instability, and the cellular response to DNA damaging agents.
Teaching and Administrative Faculty

Erickson, Carlton K., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research & Grad. Studies
Pfizer Centennial Professor of Pharm./Tox.
PHR 4.220C
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Erickson is interested in behavioral change methods and theory, attitudinal theory, and how to influence public opinion regarding drug use, abuse and dependence in our society.

Wilcox, Richard E., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Admissions/Advising
James T. Doluisio Centennial
Fellowship in Pharmacy
Professor of Pharm./Tox.
PHR 5.112B

Wilcox is interested in both agonist affinity at closely related receptors and science education in dual diagnosis patients.
Retired and Emeritus Faculty

Combs, Alan B., Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Pharm./Tox.

Combs is interested in cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology and in pharmacogenetics/genomics as well as distance education and the instructional uses of technology.

Fineg, Jerry, D.V.M.
James T. Doluisio Regents Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Pharm./Tox.

Fineg is interested in computer-based animal care management.
Affiliate & Adjunct Faculty

Shawn B. Bratton, Ph.D.

Claudio J. Conti, DVM PhD.

David Crews, Ph.D.

Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D.

Susan M. Fischer, Ph.D.

Alan Frazer, Ph.D.

Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D.

Roberta L. Grant, Ph.D.

Stephen D. Hursting, Ph.D.

David Johnson, Ph.D.

John Ivy, Ph.D.

Kimberly Kline, Ph.D.

Michael MacLeod, Ph.D.

John O'Neill, H.S.D.

Patterson,Wayne R. PHD

Dean Tang, Ph.D.

John F. Villanacci, Ph.D.

Cheryl L. Walker, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator
BME 3.510
Phone: 512-471-5096

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Last Reviewed: September 9, 2014

Division Information

Mailing Address:
Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
107 W. Dean Keeton
Stop C0875
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmtox

Phone: 512-471-5158

Erickson Authors New Book

"Drugs, the Brain and Behavior" is co-authored by Dr. Carlton Erickson, the college's associate dean for research and graduate studies, and Dr. John Brick, executive director of Intoxikon International.

> Read more about Dr. Erickson's new book.

Gore receives SEBM award

Andrea Gore is named to the SEBM Distinguished Scientist Award.

> Read more about Dr. Gore's new award.

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