The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

MCIBS - Molecular Toxicology Faculty

Faculty associated with the molecular toxicology emphasis area of the MCIBS Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests



Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.

Adam Glick Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis

Adam Glick
Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
Chair, Molecular Medicine Program
Associate Chair, Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences

Analysis of the tumor suppressor and oncogenic roles of Transforming Growth Factor Beta in multistage skin carcinogenesis using novel transgenic and knockout mouse models.

Vivek Kapur Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Vivek Kapur
Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Research in my Laboratory seeks to define the basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts. The research effort is organized along two thematic lines: microbial pathogenomics, including host response to infection molecular epidemiology, including the study of population genetics of microbes A related research component seeks to translate the results of our laboratory-based investigations into improved diagnostic tests and methods for microbial identification, as well as to investigate opportunities for developing new generations of antimicrobial vaccines and therapeutics.

Joshua Lambert Assistant Professor, Food Science

Joshua Lambert
Assistant Professor, Food Science

Dietary polyphenols in prevention of obesity and fatty liver disease; efficacy and mechanisms of action of food-derived phytochemicals in prevention of lung cancer; biotransformation, bioavailability and potential hepatotoxicity of dietary phytochemicals

Andrea Mastro Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology

Andrea Mastro
Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology

Breast cancer and the immune system.

Curtis Omiecinski Professor of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

Curtis Omiecinski
Professor of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Chair
Co-chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular Toxicology

Transcriptional regulation by the nuclear receptors CAR and PXR; molecular genetics of human microsomal epoxide hydrolase.

Andrew Patterson Director/Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility (University Park)

Andrew Patterson
Director/Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility (University Park)
Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology

The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

Gary Perdew John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences

Gary Perdew
John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences

Molecular mechanism(s) of toxicity, dioxin-mediated signal transduction, regulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-mediated gene expression.

Jeffrey Peters Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis

Jeffrey Peters
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis

Roles of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the regulation of homeostasis, toxicology, and carcinogenesis.

Sandeep Prabhu Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Sandeep Prabhu
Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Molecular mechanisms by which bioactives such as selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and other products of natural origin alter the host response and immune function in inflammation and cancer

Jack Vanden Heuvel Professor of Molecular Toxicology

Jack Vanden Heuvel
Professor of Molecular Toxicology

Mechanisms of action of hypolipidemic drugs and peroxisome proliferators; steroid hormone receptor-mediated signal transduction; signal transduction by lipids and fatty acids; receptor-mediated carcinogenesis.