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"Digging Deeper into the Pharmacogenetic Genome" 

Presentation by Dr. Erin Schuetz of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Highlights the 2nd Annual PPS Research Symposium Aug. 14-15

Erin Schuetz, Ph.D., of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., will deliver the keynote presentation -- "Digging Deeper into the Pharmacogenetic Genome" -- from 11-11:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, during the 2nd Annual PPS Research Symposium at the UH Alumni Center.

Erin Schuetz jpgSchuetz will serve as "Scholar-in-Residence" for the two-day symposium, which spotlights poster and oral research presentations by doctoral program students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members within UH College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

Schuetz is Full Member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Schuetz obtained her B.S. degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., and her Ph.D. in Pathology from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Schuetz joined the Dept. of Pathology at MCV/VCU as an Assistant Professor in 1987, and moved to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1993.

Schuetz’s particular area of research interest involves using genetic, molecular and cell biological techniques to study the mechanisms underlying human variation in drug efficacy, drug toxicity and therapeutic outcome. The ultimate goal of her laboratory work is to improve understanding of human variation in drug response and to ultimately use that information to better guide drug therapies to see that every patient gets the right dose of the right drug. Other areas of her research focus include regulation of CYP3A and PXR, the interplay of drug transporters with nuclear hormone receptors and drug metabolizing enzymes, and the role of leptomeningeal drug transporters to the CSF disposition of transporter substrates administered systemically or intrathecally.