Serrine S. Lau, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and Toxiocology
Director, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center
Director, Arizona Board of Regents Center for Toxicology
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(520) 626-0460
(520) 626-6944

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Professional Bio: 

Dr. Lau was recruited to UA in 2003 as director of the NIEHS P30 Core Center titled “Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center” (SWEHSC). The mission of SWEHSC is to understand the mechanisms behind the modulation of human disease risk by environmental exposure. SWEHSC supports 4 Facility Cores that provide state-of-the-art technologies, including imaging, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and biostatistics support in various research areas. Prior to her current position, Dr. Lau spent 17 years in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as the Director of the NIEHS-supported T32 and T35 Toxicology Training Programs. She served as the co-PI (2006-2011) and currently serve on the Executive Committee (2011-2016) of the T32ES007091 grant at the University of Arizona. She has mentored 15 postdoctoral, 1 clinical fellow and 22 predoctoral students in the field of pharmacology, toxicology/ environmental health, cancer research and proteomics biomarker discovery. In addition, she has trained more than 70 high school and undergraduate students since 1986. Dr. Lau's research focuses on three areas; (i) mechanisms of chemical-induced nephrotoxicity and nephrocarcinogenicity (ii) prostanoid and retinoid-mediated cytoprotection against renal injury, and (iii) proteomics approaches for the identification of chemical-induced protein post-translational modifications, and biomarker discovery for diseases such as diabetes, asthma and cancer. Dr. Lau collaborates extensively with basic and clinical scientists, integrating the basic sciences with translational opportunities in environmental health sciences research. Since 1987 Dr. Lau’s research has been funded by grants from the NIH, NSF, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation.

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Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Prostate Cancer
Renal Cancer

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Research Program: 
Therapeutic Development
Member Status: 
Research Member
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Positions and Employment

2013 –present   Director, Arizona Board of Regents Center for Toxicology, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2003 -present   Professor, Department of Pharm/Tox, College of Pharmacy, The Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2003 -present   Director, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, The Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1996 -2003       Director, Toxicology Training Program, College of Pharmacy, UT Austin, Austin, TX
1996 -2003       Adjunct Professor, Department of Carcinogenesis, UTMDACC, Smithville, TX
1995 -2003       Professor, Div. Pharm/Tox, College of Pharmacy, The Univ. Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1990 -1995       Associate Prof, Div. Pharm/Tox, College of Pharmacy, The Univ. Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1986 -1990       Assistant Prof, Div. Pharm/Tox, College of Pharmacy, The Univ. Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1983 -1986       Senior Staff Fellow, Lab. Experimental Therapeutics and Metabolism, NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1981 -1983       Visiting Fellow, Lab. Chemical Pharmacology, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1971 -1975       Research Assistant - Institute for Lipid Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Honors and Awards

Best Paper Award of Drug Metabolism and Disposition, 1985
Society of Toxicology (SOT) Education Award, 2009
Distinguished Chinese Toxicologist Lectureship Award, the American Association of Chinese in Toxicology, SOT, 2009
George H. Scott Memorial Award, sponsored by the Board of Directors of The Toxicology Forum, 2015

Academic Information

PhD, Pharmacology, University of Michigan, 1980
Undergraduate School: 
BS, Math and Chemistry, University of Houston, 1974