Arizona Health Sciences

Faculty

Faculty are listed in this order:

  1. Main Faculty
  2. Research Track Faculty
  3. Joint Faculty
  4. Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Bios and Contact

John W. Bloom, MD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of glucocorticoid action in the lung; mechanisms of eosinophil apoptosis; effects of genetic polymorphisms on gene expression in asthma.
Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D
Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science; Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Neurology
Qin Chen
Associate, Center for Toxicology; Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP; Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP; Professor, Pharmacology; Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of oxidative injury and adaptation, stress signal transduction pathways, stress gene expression, senescence, apoptosis and cardiac hypertrophy.
Thomas P Davis, PhD
Professor, BIO5 Institute; Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP; Professor, Pharmacology; Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Research Interests: Neuropharmacology/Neurochemistry/Neurovascular pathology Effects of hypoxia, aglycemia and inflammatory pain on endothelial cell integrity and transporters at the blood brain barrier/neurovascular unit (BBB/NVU)  Approaches to targeting the blood-brain barrier for new drug development
Edward D French, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse, addiction, and CNS responses in an animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder using electrophysiological and behavioral endpoints.
Rajesh Khanna
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP; Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Regulation of Trafficking and Functions of Voltage-Gated Sodium and Calcium Channels; Identification of Novel Protein Regulators of Ion channels; Approaches to Targeting the Ion Channel Complexes in Neuropathic Pain and Neurodegenerative Diseases; Discovery of Novel Biologics and Small Molecules Targeting Pain and Neurodegenerative Diseases  
May Khanna, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Structure function of alternatively spliced proteins in neuropathic pain. For more information, please go to https://maykhanna.wixsite.com/themaykhannalab
Patrick W Mantyh, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Cancer, cancer pain and non-malignant bone pain, stem cells and skeletal health in disease and aging.
John D Palmer M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Cardiovascular and clinical pharmacology; studies of cardiovascular and pulmonary changes associated with acute hypersensitivity responses and systemic anaphylaxis.
Frank Porreca, PhD
Associate Department Head, Pharmacology; Professor, Anesthesiology; Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP; Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP; Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Neurobiology of pain.
Kathleen Rodgers, Ph.D.
Senior VP Health Sciences; Associate Director, Translational Neuroscience; Professor, Pharmacology
Patrick T Ronaldson, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP; Associate Professor, Pharmacology; Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Research Interests: Physiology/Pathology of the Blood-Brain Barrier/Neurovascular Unit; drug transport; effect of pathophysiological insult on CNS drug delivery; intracellular signaling systems; nuclear receptor pathways.
John M. Streicher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology; Faculty, UA Neuroscience Graduate interdisciplinary Program
Research Interests: Dr. Streicher is interested in understanding the molecular signal transduction cascades downstream of the opioid receptors. His research program focuses on finding new signaling regulators of the opioid receptors, determining their molecular mechanisms, and then determining how these molecular mechanisms result in changes to opioid-induced analgesia and side effects in different pain states. He further uses this information to create novel drug discovery strategies to create new opioid drugs without the side effect drawbacks of current drugs, like addiction. His research approaches encompass the creation of pain states such as post-surgical pain and the measurement of opioid analgesia in these pain states, combined with state-of-the-art approaches to modulate novel signaling regulators in mice including CRISPR/Cas9 in the brain and spinal cord. He also screens drugs in medium- to high-throughput formats in cell models to find and develop new analgesic drugs.
Todd Vanderah, PhD
Department Head, Pharmacology; Professor, Anesthesiology; Professor, Neurology; Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP; Professor, Pharmacology; Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Research Interests: Mechanisms and pharmacology of acute and chronic models of pain; endogenous opioid systems; sensory neural systems; opioid tolerance; antinociceptive synergy between cannabinoids and opioids.
Raymond K. Wong, Ph.D. C.C.P.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology; Program Director, Perfusion Sciences
Research Interests: Cardiopulmonary Bypass; ECMO; Mechanical Circulatory Assist Devices; anticoagulation/hemostasis therapy and diagnostic testing; blood management in the cardiac surgery patient population.

Research Track Faculty

Sally Dickinson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: Chemoprevention of non-melanoma skin cancer; transcription factor regulation.
Kevin J Gaffney
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Yeon Sun Lee
Research Associate Professor, Pharmacology
Jeffrey J. Lochhead, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Tally Largent-Milnes, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Pain
Edita Navratilova, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Neuropharmacology of pain; brain circuits for pain, relief of pain and reward; opioid neurotransmission; mechanisms of acute and chronic pain.
Jennifer G. Schnellmann, PhD
Associate Professor
Margaret E Tome, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Yanhua Xie, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Pharmacology; Neurobiology of pain. Behavioral, neurochemical and neuroanatomical tools to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the sensory, and especially the affective, dimensions of pain in the preclinical settings in order to facilitate the identification of new drug targets relevant to pain relief in humans and to improve translation from the research lab to the clinic.

Joint Faculty

Edward J Bilsky
Research Professor, Pharmacology
Peter B. Chase, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Emergency Medicine
Torsten Falk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: 1) Novel pharmacological treatments for L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias, a major side effect of Parkinson’s disease treatment, 2) Novel neuroprotective (growth factor mediated) gene therapy approaches to Parkinson’s disease, and 3) Development of pharmacological neuroprotective treatments for Parkinson’s disease. 
Jorge Gomez, MD., Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Translational Research in Special Populations; as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Elimination of Border Health Disparities at The University of Arizona Health Sciences; and he is also the Assistant Director for Cancer Research at The University of Arizona Cancer Center. ; In addition, Dr. Gomez is an Assistant Professor in the Community, Environment and Policy Department at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at The University of Arizona.
Ronald Hammer, Jr., PhD
Professor, Basic Medical Sciences; Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Research My laboratory studies plasticity and neural adaptation in mesocorticolimbic systems. We have focused on the nucleus accumbens (NAc) due to its involvement in addiction and certain symptoms of schizophrenia (i.e., sensorimotor gating deficits), but we are currently developing strategies for elucidating caudate dysfunction which may afford a more unified model of etiology in schizophrenia. Furthermore, the lack of plasticity and consequent behavioral...
Mohab M. Ibrahim, PhD, MD
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship; Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic
Ronald Lukas, Ph.D.
Professor, Barrow Neurological Institute
Research Interests: Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor biology using clonal lines and transgene expression systems; neurotrophic factors; neurodegenerative diseases; neuronal differentiation.
Ron Lynch, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering, Director, Arizona Research Institute for Biomedical Imaging (ARIBI)
Research Interests: Multivalent Approaches for Cell Specific Targeting of Image Contrast and Therapeutic Agents.  Metabolism; Diabetes and its Complications
Amol Patwardhan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine; Co-Director, Comprehensive Pain Management
Sangita Pawar, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Mechanisms of cancer metastasis, Adaptation of cancer cells for migration
Robin Polt, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Research Interests: Synthesis and new synthetic methods, drug design and transport. Neuropsychopharmacology and the blood-brain barrier.
William R. Roeske, MD
Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology; Associate Chief for Finance, Cardiology; Allan C. Hudson and Helen Lovaas Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Imaging
Research Interests: Cardiovascular pharmacology; regulation, characterization, and identification of autonomic receptors; neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse.
John-Michael Sauer
Research Professor
F. Mazda Shirazi, M.D.
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track); Associate Professor, Pharmacology; Clinical Investigator, Viper Institute; Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science; Associate Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science
Research Interests: CV Pharmacology, Electrophysiology, Messenger Systems, CV Emergencies, Environmental Emergencies, Metabolic Disorders, Emergency Medicine Education, Technology Assessment, Toxicology, Pain, Sedation/Analgesia  
Josef Vagner, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Intergated synthetic core facility that provides drug discovery services, including rational design and synthesis of ligand arrays for various biological targets   Education: PhD: Institute of Pharmacology & Biochemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, 1990

Emeritus Faculty

Robert T Dorr, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Toxicology systems and mechanisms of action of cytotoxic anticancer agents; the pharmacology of cancer chemopreventive agents.
Marilyn Halonen, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Immunopharmacology; cytokine regulation of IgE synthesis; cell biology of cytokine and receptor differences as a result of naturally occurring polymorphic genes related to asthma or allergy in the population; immune responses in infancy to respiratory viruses and allergens and immune alterations in asthma.
Victor Hruby, Ph.D.
Regents' Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry
Research Interests: The chemistry of human behavior especially peptide hormones and neurotransmitters; drug design, discovery and development; pain, addiction, feeding behavior, sexual behavior, pigmentation disease, cancer, diabetes, immune response; GPCRs; biophysics/biochemistry of health and disease.
Ryan J. Huxtable, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: "Taurine and related sulfur amino acids, herbal toxicities, the neurochemistry of amino acids, and the pharmacology and toxicology of plant alkaloids”.
Josephine Lai , Ph.D.
Professor Emerita; Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain; opioid receptor pharmacology; gene targeting, drug discovery.
Douglas F. Larson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery
Research Interests: Immunopharmacology: pharmacology and design of selective immunosuppressive therapies for solid organ transplantation and auto-immune diseases.
Michael H. Ossipov, Ph.D.
Research Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Pharmacology; neurophysiology, pharmacology and neuroanatomical pathways of acute and chronic pain states; isobolographic and statistical interpretation of drug-drug interactions.
John D Palmer M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Cardiovascular and clinical pharmacology; studies of cardiovascular and pulmonary changes associated with acute hypersensitivity responses and systemic anaphylaxis.
I Glenn Sipes, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Mechanism of tissue injury induced by drugs or other xenobiotics; mechanisms by which one chemical modulates the toxicity of another; carcinogenesis, human metabolism of environmental pollutants.
Eva Varga, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor Emerita
Research Interests: Molecular pharmacology of drugs of abuse; cellular mechanisms of drug tolerance; design and characterization of non-addictive analgesics, cardioprotective agents, and immunomodulators.