Dr. Piyali Dasgupta presents at the 2011 Experimental Biology Conference

Piyali Dasgupta, Ph.D.Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacol­ogy, Physiology, and Toxicology, presented “Long-term exposure to nico­tine upregulates the expression of α7-nicotinic receptors by autoregulatory mechanisms in human squamous cell lung carcinoma,” at the Experimen­tal Biology conference, held April 9-13, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Four members of her laboratory also presented, including Mr. Brandon Shiflett, who was selected to present “MG624, an α7-nicotinic receptor antagonist suppresses the growth of human SCLC“ at a special session to highlight graduate student research in Pathology. Dr. Dasgupta was named “Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisor of 2011” at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Her research examines the effects of nicotine (the active component of cigarettes) in regulating cellular responses, such as programmed cell death and cell growth, in the context of lung cancer.