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Jane Cavanaugh

Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Duquesne University
United States of America

Jane Cavanaugh


Jane E. Cavanaugh, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Duquesne University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a PhD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Cavanaugh conducted her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington where she investigated the role of intracellular signaling pathways in neuronal cell death and survival. She is currently funded by a Career Award (K-01) from the National Institute on Aging to conduct research focused on the role of these pathways in neurodegenerative diseases and cell death that occurs with normal brain aging. She is also funded by an internal Faculty Development Fund grant from Duquesne University to study breast cancer and aging. Dr. Cavanaugh is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience and has presented her research at the national meetings of this organization. In addition to directing a research laboratory, Dr. Cavanaugh instructs pharmacy students in the Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry and CNS Disorders courses. She is also course director and instructor for Human Physiology and Pathology for the Pharm.D. program and Methods of Evaluation of Drug Action and Toxicity and Oral/Written Presentation Skills in Pharmacology/Toxicology for the graduate program.

Research Interest

Neurobiology and cancer biology of aging.


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  • J.N. Spencer, J.E. Mihalick, T.J. Nicholson, P.A. Cortina, J.L. Rinehimer, J.E. Smith, Xiaoming Ke, Qing He, S.E. Daniels, S. Puppala, J.L. Ealy, L.J. Fenton, W.J. Nicholson, I.M. Paul, C.H. Yoder. Comparison of Macrocyclic Effect for Ether Hosts in Aqueous and Organic Solvents. J. Phys. Chem. 97:10509 -10512, 1993.

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