Pharmacology and Toxicology Department Highlights: June 2021

(June 1, 2021)


Non-canonical NRF2 activation promotes a pro-diabetic shift in hepatic glucose metabolism. Molecular Metabolism. (2021) Apr 30;51:101243 PMID: 33933676 Online ahead of Print.

NRF2 loss accentuates parkinsonian pathology and behavioral dysfunction in human alpha-synuclein overexpressing mice. Aging and Disease. (2021) Online ahead of print.

FAM129B-dependent activation of NRF2 promotes an invasive phenotype in BRAF mutant melanoma cells. Molecular Carcinogenesis. (2021) 60(5): 331-341

MGST1, a new soldier of NRF2 in the battle against ferroptotic death. Cell Chemical Biology. (2021) Accepted.

The Intricacies of NRF2 Regulation in Cancer. Seminars in Cancer Biology. (2021) Online ahead of print.


Heidi Mansour, PhD, RPh


Cody Schmidlin recently defended his dissertation successfully, graduated from the Cancer Biology program, and will be working for Eli Lilly starting in July.

Victor Ruiz

  • 2021 Frontiers in Knowledge Award
  • Interviewed and highlighted by KVOA This Morning as part of KVOA UA Graduation story.

Ernest Vallorz

  • 2021 Academic Excellence in Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics Award  
  • 2021 Outstanding Research in Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics Award                                              

Basanth Babu Eedara - 2021-2022 Arizona Sursum Fellow and Postdoctoral  Research Development Grant (PRDG)  award sponsored by The UA Office for Research, Innovation, & Impact (RII)

Heidi Mansour, PhD, RPh