Receptor-mediated Modulation of Gene Expression and Association with Biological and Toxic Responses
While genetics is known to influence the initiation, progression, and outcome of a variety of human diseases including cancer, it is clear that these are also influenced to a great extent by a number of other factors. These include, for example, exposure to chemicals in the environment, diet and aging.
The overall goal of the research in this laboratory is to determine how certain chemicals and substances in the diet influence, in both a positive and negative manner, the processes that influence the progression and outcomes of disease. By understanding the molecular mechanisms by which these factors act, we will also be providing information that can be used in the design of tools for more effective diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.
Current Research Projects
- The Heat Shock Protein 90 Inhibitor, Epigallocatechin Gallate, has Anti-Cancer Activity in a Novel Human Prostate Cancer Progression Model. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). In press. (2015 Jan 20).
- Towards the discovery of drug-like epigallocatechin gallate analogs as Hsp90 inhibitors. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 24, 2263-6. (2014 May 15).
- The Ah receptor in stem cell cycling, regulation, and quiescence. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1310, 44-50. (2014 Mar 01).