Jeanine Van Nostrand, Ph.D.
Jeanine Van Nostrand, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR210013
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Date Awarded: 
November 18, 2020
Grant Amount: 

Jeanine Van Nostrand, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Van Nostrand was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine with the help of a CPRIT First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members award. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow in cell and molecular biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Dr. Van Nostrand studies how cancer cells can manipulate their signaling pathways to allow them to grow in the absence of efficient energy production or the necessary growth signals. Her work centers around the AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK), which acts like a sensor when energy is low in the cell or organism. AMPK can then function to turn on energy producing pathways while turning off energy consuming processes providing mechanisms for cells to arrest their growth when nutrients are limiting.  Pharmacological activation of AMPK using the anti-diabetic drug metformin has been associated in large epidemiological studies with a reduction in the risk for metabolically-linked cancers.

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