Georg T Wondrak, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Associate Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-9009
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Wondrak's research examines the pathological role of oxidative and proteotoxic stress in solar photodamage and skin cancer (melanoma and nonmelanoma) aiming at the design of novel molecular strategies for prevention and therapeutic intervention. Based on his international professional training and proven track record in skin photodamage-related biochemical and pharmacological research, Dr. Wondrak's research group at the College of Pharmacy and University of Arizona Cancer Center is well positioned to productively interact with Dr. Dickinson to pursue the proposed research that tests feasibility of targeting TLR4 for the photochemoprevention of skin carcinogenesis induced by solar ultraviolet radiation. The project will specifically benefit from our complementary expertise in small molecule therapeutic discovery and cutaneous cancer biology.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Therapeutic Development
Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
6/2011-present   Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
2008                    Annual Sydney E. Salmon Distinguished Investigator award recipient
2005-2011          Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Division of Drug Discovery and Development, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona;
                            Comprehensive Member, Arizona Cancer Center, Therapeutic Development Program
2002-2005          Associate Research Scientist, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
2001-2002          Assistant Research Scientist, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
1998-2000          Research Postdoctoral Scholar and Scientist III, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky
1993-1997          Research and Teaching Assistant, Ph.D. dissertation ‘Glycation-damage of nucleic acids’, Institute of Biotechnology, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
1989-1992          Medical Manager, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Neuss, Germany
1988                    Research Assistant, Centro de Biología Molecular, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain
Other Experience:
2015                    Editor, ‘Stress Response Pathways in Cancer’, 2015, Springer Biomedical Sciences book
2014                    Reviewer, NCI Program Project (P01) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) III, NIH-NCI
2014                    Reviewer, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Action CM1001
2014                    President elect, American Society for Photobiology (ASP)
2013                    Reviewer, 'Omnibus R03/R21: Therapeutics', Special Emphasis Panel, Scientific Review Group 2013/05 ZCA1 RTRB-Z, NIH-NCI
2009-2013         Councilor, American Society for Photobiology (ASP)
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • American Society for Photobiology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society of Toxicology

Academic Information

Biotechnology, Technical University of Berlin, Germany