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Darlene Brunzell, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control (co-leader)

Massey Cancer Center leadership roles

Program co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine


PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1999)

Awards and honors

University Leadership Award, 1990, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Research description

Tobacco prevention can have a large impact to reduce cancer diagnosis and improve cancer prognosis. A major focus of the Brunzell laboratory is to identify molecular and neurochemical underpinnings of tobacco use and related illness with the goal of identifying vulnerabilities to tobacco use and novel targets for tobacco cessation.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Brain & nervous system, Colorectal, Head & neck, Respiratory/lung

Research keywords

Animal models,Cancer disparities,Drug discovery,Obesity,Signal transduction,Tobacco

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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