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).


Contact Info
telephone: (304) 696-3612
email: dasgupta@marshall.edu