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Congratulations to Drs. Nick Pabon and Qiuhong Zhang for their first author paper in Nature Comm.

Congratulations to Drs. Nick Pabon and Qiuhong Zhang for their first author paper in Nature Communications titled: A network-centric approach to drugging TNF-induced NF-kB signaling
with Profs. Carlos J. Camacho and Robin E.C. Lee.

Target-centric drug development strategies prioritize single-target potency in vitro and do not account for connectivity and multi-target effects within a signal transduction network. Here, we present a systems biology approach that combines transcriptomic and structural analyses with live-cell imaging to predict small molecule inhibitors of TNF-induced NF-κB signaling and elucidate the network response. We identify two first-in-class small molecules that inhibit the NF-κB signaling pathway by preventing the maturation of a rate-limiting multiprotein complex necessary for IKK activation. Our findings suggest that a network-centric drug discovery approach is a promising strategy to evaluate the impact of pharmacologic intervention in signaling.

 

Pabon NA, Zhang Q, Cruz JA, Schipper DL, Camacho CJ, Lee REC, (2019). A network-centric approach to drugging TNF-induced NF-κB signaling. Nature Communications. Vol 10, Article number: 860

Dr. Nathan Clark to receive 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Nathan Clark has been selected for the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award which annually recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments of members of the University of Pittsburgh’s faculty.

Awarded in the Junior Scholar category, Dr. Clark was chosen by the selection committee for his demonstration of great potential by virtue of the quality of his early contributions. His accomplishments, information provided in support of his nomination, and letters of recommendation from well-known authorities in his field demonstrated that he has achieved national and international prominence as an outstanding scholar.

The award recognition ceremony will take place at the 2019 Honors Convocation.