John S. Lazo, Ph.D.

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Departments of Pharmacology and Chemistry, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Previously, Allegheny Foundation Professor and Director of the Fiske Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Co-Director of Molecular Therapeutics/Drug Discovery Program, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Acclaimed for his work in cancer drug research, Dr. Lazo is the recipient of many awards and honors.

Dr. Lazo graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Michigan. He received postdoctoral training at Yale University and was a member of pharmacology faculty. Dr. Lazo served as a corporate associate of Johnson & Johnson, has authored 11 books, published more than 200 scientific articles and reviews and has been the principal investigator on numerous research projects.


Funded Research

Project Description Researchers Funding
Cell Cycle Re-entry in 3-D Human Neuron Cultures

The well-known behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are caused by the loss of connections, or synapses, among neurons that control memory and cognition, and by the death of those neurons. A major goal of our labs is to unravel the seminal molecular pathways that convert normal healthy neurons into neurons that will die long before the AD patients themselves.