Dr. Piyali Dasgupta
Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology
B.S. (Chemistry), University of Delhi
M.S. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology
Ph.D. (Cancer Biology), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr. Dasgupta’s laboratory focuses on the signaling
pathways by which components of cigarette smoke,
such as nicotine and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), can function in a
receptor-dependent fashion to facilitate the growth
and metastasis of lung cancers. Lung cancer is the
leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Recent
studies indicate that female smokers have an
increased risk for developing lung cancer,
particularly being at greater risk for adenocarcinoma.
Dr. Dasgupta was MU-ADVANCE's Faculty Fellow for the
2009-10 academic year. In addition to the
fellowship, she has received funding from the Flight
Attendant Medical Research Institute, the Astellas
Foundation, and the American Retina Foundation.
Dr. Dasgupta was named "Mentor of the Year" for her
efforts working with graduate students at the Joan
C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Dr. Dasgupta teaches Lung
Physiology to medical students, as well as
Biochemistry and Cell Biology to graduate students
in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Dr. Dasgupta serves as a reviewer for the following
journals: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Journal, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of
Cellular Physiology, Journal of Controlled Release,
and the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Journal. She is currently a member of The New York
Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and The American
Association of Cancer Research (AACR).
telephone: (304) 696-3612
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