Ph.D., 1991, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.S., 1988, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Food Science/Food Toxicology
B.S., 1985, South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD, Chemistry
As a professor of a flagship, land grant institution, I enjoy being engaged in all three missions of the university, education, research and service.
My research interests in the past 20 years have focused on environmental toxicology, drug metabolism and nuclear receptors-particularly, the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. In the past several years, I have been developing an interest in the medicinal properties of natural products, such as a number of flavonoids. Some of these interact with the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and with other receptors. This is an exciting area of drug discovery. I am working on a book on this topic.
My educational activities are primarily centered around pharmacology. I teach pharmacology to medical, dental, graduate and undergraduate students. I have developed a new course this year that is focused on undergraduate students and is designed to cover the fundamentals of pharmacology using lectures and case based studies. It is my hope that this course can help pre-professional students better prepare for their future careers. I am also developing a new course that is designed to engage students in learning about their career options and how to develop good professional skills.
My service activities have taken me in many unexpected areas. I spent three years learning about drugs in horses serving on Kentucky's Equine Drug Research Council. This year, I have the privilege of working with my colleagues in the College of Medicine and serving as the Chair of our Faculty Council.