Vanessa González-Pérez, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Honors and Awards
2012-2013: National Institutes of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Curriculum in Toxicology Postdoctoral Training Grant

2011: Postdoctoral Travel Award from the RTP-Drug Metabolism Discussion Group (Winner postdoc talk)

2009: Awarded to attend the NIH Graduate Student Research Festival in November

2008-2009: Biotechnology Institute: Minority Fellows Program Award

2006-2009: NIH Scholar: Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD); Educational Training Grant

2006: MARC Travel Award to FASEB Summer Research Conferences: Regulation and Function of Small GTPases, Saxtons River, Vt.

2003-2004: Postbaccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Vanessa González-Pérez moved to WSU in 2013 to work in the research lab of Associate Professor Mary Paine, studying interactions between conventional medications and herbal products. González-Pérez has been focusing on the model herbal product milk thistle as an inhibitor of the cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism of the ‘probe’ drugs dextromethorphan, phenacetin and S-mephenytoin.

Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as self-treatment for several common conditions including liver problems, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Additional Information

Professional Affiliations and Activities
2013: UNC-Chapel Hill Postdoc ambassador and presenter at the 2013 National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting, Charleston, N.C.

2012: UNC-CH Postdoc ambassador at the 2012 National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2012-present: Postdoctoral Member, Society of Toxicology

2012-present: Manuscript reviewer, Drug Metabolism and Disposition

2012-2013: Postdoc coordinator for the Triangle Biotech Tuesdays activity for the University of North Carolina

2011-present: Postdoctoral member, International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics

2011-present: Postdoctoral affiliate membership of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

2006-present: Graduate student fellow and mentor for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)

Leadership Experience
2012-2013: Co-Chair, UNC-CH Postdoctoral Association
2011-2013: Co-founder and Co-Chair, Minority Postdoc Alliance
2011-present: Leader of the UNC-CH Postdoctoral Association
2007-present: Co-Developer and Mentor, IMSD Mentor Program
2007-present: Lead developer of a recruiting program for undergraduate research between UPR-Cayey and UNC

Selected Publications
Vanessa González-Pérez, Elizabeth A. Connolly, Arlene S. Bridges, Larry C. Wienkers and Mary F. Paine. (2012) Impact of Organic Solvents on cytochrome P450 probe reactions: Filling the gap with (S)-warfarin and midazolam hydroxylation. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 40:2136-42

Vanessa González-Pérez, David J. Reiner, Jamie K. Alan, Cicely Mitchell, Lloyd Edwards, Vladimir Khazak, Channing J. Der and Adrienne D. Cox. (2010) Genetic and functional characterization of putative Ras/Raf interaction inhibitors in C. elegans and mammalian cells. Journal of Molecular Signaling 5:2

David J. Reiner*, Vanessa González-Pérez*, Chaning J. Der, and Adrienne D. Cox (2008) Use of C. elegans to evaluate inhibitors of Ras function in vivo. Methods in Enzymology Vol. 439:425-449. *co-first authors

updated 12/05/2013
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Assistant Research Professor
Clinical Pharmacology

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