Satyanarayana R. Pondugula, DVM, PhD
Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr. Pondugula joined Auburn University in August 2011. He earned his DVM from the College of Veterinary Science in Tirupati, India, and his PhD from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
My laboratory has interests in understanding the role of nuclear receptors, including pregnane X receptor, in health and disease. Specifically, our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of pregnane X receptor mediated adverse drug interactions and chemoresistance. Additionally, our collaborative research efforts are focused on identifying modulators of pregnane X receptor to prevent adverse drug interactions and/or chemoresistance. We are also interested in discovering novel natural products and small molecules to chemosensitize difficult to treat cancers.
I participate in teaching team-taught Veterinary Anatomy II and Cell Physiology and Molecular Genetics courses to the first year veterinary students. I also take part in teaching team-taught Endocrinology and Receptorology courses to graduate students.