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Alexander Steven Whitehead, D.Phil.

Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Member, Institute for Human Gene Therapy, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Director, Center for Pharmacogenetics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department: Pharmacology

Contact information
Department of Pharmacology
Center for Pharmacogenetics
159 Johnson Pavilion
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6084
Office: 215-898-2332
Fax: 215-573-9135
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.Sc. (Zoology)
Edinburgh University (First Class Honours), 1977.
DPhil (Biochemistry and Genetics)
Oxford University, 1982.
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Description of Research Expertise

Professor Whitehead's research involves:

1. Biosynthetic control and molecular genetics of major acute phase proteins

2. Mechanisms and mediators of inflammation

3. Inherited defects of folate metabolism and their role in hyper-homocysteinemia, cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and other pathological conditions

4. Pharmacogenetics of commonly prescribed drugs that target, or interact with, components controlling homocysteine and folate metabolism
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