Dr. James P. Kehrer, Ph.D.James P. Kehrer received a B.S. in pharmacy from Purdue University in 1974 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology/toxicology from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1978. He did postdoctoral work from 1978-1980 in toxicology in the Biology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In June, 1980, Dr. Kehrer accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1985 and to Professor in 1990. Since 1991 he has been Head of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. During 1986 he took a 1 year Faculty Development Leave at the University of Düsseldorf. He returned there in 1990 and 1997 for 2 month periods of research.
Dr. Kehrer received a Research Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 1984 and was named to received the 1989 Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology. In 1996 he received the Zenneca Traveling Lectureship Award from the Society of Toxicology. Dr. Kehrer is the Editor for the Americas and Japan for Toxicology Letters and currently serves as a Deputy Chairman for The Biochemical Journal. He also serves on the editorial board of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology and Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Dr. Kehrer's research interests include the roles of thioredoxin, glutathione, oxidized lipid species, and free radicals in signal transduction pathways relating to apoptosis, and the molecular mechanisms by which acrolein affects cell proliferation, apoptosis and redox regulated transcription factors. He has a total of 126 scientific publications and has also published one book. Although his recent work has focused on molecular pathways in cell line systems, past work has involved extensive studies in vivo on lung toxicants including mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis.