Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Apoptosis and cell death; Cell growth, differentiation and development; Endocrinology; Gene Expression; Molecular genetics; Reproductive Endocrinology; Signal Transduction; Toxicology and Xenobiotics; Vitamins and Trace Nutrient
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I have a secondary appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine.
My research interests focus on the study of how hormones and nutrients affect cell growth, differentiation, and survival. I study these processes in bone osteoblasts and breast normal epithelial cells as well as cancers of both tissues. I have discovered how natural estrogens as well as dietary phytochemicals sustain osteoblast longevity and contribute to bone growth. In collaboration with Dr Atif Awad of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health, I have identified dietary factors that inhibit the growth of cancers of the prostate and breast. We have published primary research papers, significant review articles, and two books entitled "Nutrition and Cancer Prevention" and Adipose Tissue and Inflammation".