Ramesh C. Gupta, PhD

Agnes Brown Duggan Endowed Chair of Oncological Research, James Graham Brown Cancer Center; Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology; Senior Scientist, James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Research Program
Prevention & Control


B.Sc., Meerut University, India, Chem/Phys/Maths, 1967
M.Sc., Meerut University, India, Chem (Physical), 1969
Ph.D., University of Roorkee, India, Mech. of Oxidation of Aromatic Aminies, 1972
Post-Doc, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Novel Techniques for Sequencing tRNAs, 1973-1976

Research and Professional Experience
Research Associate


Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Professor, Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health, Professor in Graduate Center for Toxicology

Faculty Member, Nutritional Science Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Professor and Agnes Brown Duggan Chair of Oncological Research, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville Medical School, Louisville

Member and Head of the Biomarkers, Genetics & Chemoprevention Group, Prevention & Control Program, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville

June 2004
Director of Genetic Susceptibility & Biomarkers Research Core,
University of Louisville

Selected Awards and Professional Honors

Honors in Chemistry and Math, Valedictorian (Gold Medalist) in Master's Program

Merit Scholarship Recipient in B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs

In top 1-2% in High School and College

Our PNAS and Carcinogenesis papers selected for the 1983 and 1984 Year Book of Cancer

PNAS paper selected for the 1990 Year Book of Occupational Medicine

Featured in Cancer Research for co-developing the 32P-Postlabeling DNA Adduct Assay

Guest Professor at the Institute of Toxicology, ETH and University of Zurich, Switzerland International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France

Institute of Toxicology, University of Wuerzburg Medical School, Wuerzburg, Germany

Recipient of Charles W. Wethington, Jr. Award for Research Accomplishments

Distinguished University Scholar

Agnes Brown Duggan Chair in Oncological Research


Kausar H, Munagala R, Bansal S, Aqil F Vadhanam MV & Gupta RC. Cucurbitacin B potently suppresses non-small-cell lung cancer growth: identification of intracellular thiols as critical targets. Cancer Letters, 332(1): 35-45, 2013.
Moktar A, Ravoori S, Vadhanam MV, Pan J, Rai SN, Jenson AB, Parker LP & Gupta RC. The interplay of cigarette smoking and HPV infection in human vaginal cells: an ex vivo study. Experimental & Molecular Pathology, 93(3), 422-427, 2012.
Vadhanam MV, Thaiparambil J, Gairola CG & Gupta RC. Oxidative DNA adducts detected in vitro from redox activity of cigarette smoke constituents, Chem. Res. Tox., 25: 2499-2504, 2012.
Aqil F, Munagala R, Kausar H, Jeyabalan J, Vadhanam MV & Gupta RC. Anti-proliferative and antioxidant activity of punicalagins and its protection against oxidative DNA adducts. Food Research Internatl. 49: 345-353, 2012.
Aqil F, Jeyabalan J, Kausar H, Bansal H, Vadhanam MV & Gupta RC. Multi-layer polymeric implants for controlled release of chemopreventives. Cancer Letters, 326: 33-40, 2012.
Kausar H, Jeyabalan J, Aqil F, Chabba D, Sidana J, Singh, IP & Gupta RC. Berry anthocyanidins synergistically suppresses growth and metastatic potential of human non-small-cell lung cancer cells. Cancer Letters. 325: 54-62, 2012.
Ravoori S, Vadhanam MV, Aqil F & Gupta RC. Inhibition of estrogen-mediated mammary tumorigenesis by blueberry and black raspberry. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60: 5547-5555, 2012.
Gupta RC, Bansal S, Aqil F, Jeyabalan J, Cao P, Kausar H, Russell GK, Munagala R, Ravoori S & Vadhanam MV. Controlled-release systemic delivery - a new concept in cancer chemoprevention. Carcinogenesis. 33:1608–1615, 2012.
Aqil F, Gupta A, Munagala R, Jeyabalan, J, Kausar H, Sharma, R, Singh IP & Gupta RC. Antioxidant and antiproliferative potential of anthocyanin/ellagitannin-enriched extracts from Syzygium cumini L. (‘jamun’, the Indian Blackberry). Nutrition & Cancer. 64: 428-438, 2012.
Aqil F, Vadhanam MV & Gupta RC. Enhanced activity of punicalagin delivered via polymeric implants against benzo[a]pyrene-induced DNA adducts. Mutation Research. 743: 59-66, 2012.
Jeyabalan J, Vadhanam MV, Ravoori S & Gupta RC. Sustained overexpression of CYP1A1 and 1B1 and steady accumulation of DNA adducts by low-dose, continuous exposure to benzo[a]pyrene by polymeric implants. Chem. Res. Tox. 24: 1937-1943, 2011.
Munagala R, Kausar H & Gupta RC. Withaferin A induces p53-dependent apoptosis by repression of HPV oncogenes and up-regulation of tumor suppressor proteins in human cervical cancer cells. Carcinogenesis 322011. :1697-1705.
Vadhanam MV, Ravoori S, Aqil F & Gupta RC. Chemoprevention of mammary carcinogenesis by sustained systemic delivery of ellagic acid. Eur J. Cancer Prev. 20:484-491, 2011.
Bansal SS, Goel M, Aqil F, Vadhanam M & Gupta RC. Advanced drug-delivery systems of curcumin for cancer chemoprevention. Cancer Prev Res. 4: 1158-1171, 2011.
Bansal SS, Vadhanam MV & Gupta RC. Development and in vitro-in vivo evaluation of polymeric implants for continuous systemic delivery of curcumin. Pharm Research, 28:1121-30, 2011.
Meireles S, Esteves G, Hirata, Jr. R, Peri S, Devarajan K, Slifker M, Mosier S, Peng J, Vadhanam M, Hurst H, Neves EJ, Reis L, Gairola CG, Gupta RC & Clapper M. Early changes in gene expression induced by tobacco smoke: Evidence for the importance of estrogen within lung tissue. Cancer Prevention Research, 3 (6): 707-717, 2010.

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