Gustafsson, who holds both a Ph.D. and M.D., will teach as a distinguished professor at both the department of biology and biochemistry and the department of chemistry at UH's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Gustafsson also will be a distinguished member of TMHRI and will head the proposed Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, a collaborative effort between UH and TMHRI.
"The recruitment of Dr. Gustafsson and establishment of the center represents a substantial collaboration between UH and Methodist," said Michael Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D., director of TMHRI. "Dr. Gustafsson will join two of the world's top nuclear receptor researchers, TMHRI's Drs. Willa Hsueh and John Baxter, in establishing the world's largest center for nuclear receptor research."
Gustafsson said he looks forward to building a state-of-the-art research center, focusing on "the medically very important field of nuclear receptors and cell signaling."
"The concentration of outstanding scientists at UH, TMHRI and in the Houston area in general, including the medical center, provides unique possibilities for cutting-edge translational research with great clinical and commercial potential," he said.
Gustafsson is revered worldwide for his translational research on nuclear receptors, a class of proteins found in cell nuclei that capture hormone molecules and interact with and control the expression of genes. Research in this field is vital in developing treatments for such diseases as cancer and diabetes.
"The recruitment of an outstanding scientist such as Dr. Gustafsson to the
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