Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849
DVM, College of Veterinary Science, Tirupati, India
Dr. Pondugula joined Auburn University in August 2011. He earned his DVM from the College of Veterinary Science in Tirupati, India, and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Our research is focused on adverse drug interactions, anticancer drug resistance, and anticancer drug discovery. We are interested in understanding the mechanistic role of xenobiotic receptors, drug-metabolizing enzymes, drug-efflux pumps, and inflammatory signaling pathways that contribute to adverse drug interactions and anticancer drug resistance. We are also interested in identifying novel small molecules and natural products for their potential to prevent adverse drug interactions and anticancer drug resistance.
I participate in teaching team-taught Veterinary Anatomy II to the first year veterinary students and graduate students. I also participate in teaching team-taught Endocrinology, Receptorology, Cancer Biology & Genetics, Cancer Pharmacology & Drug Discovery, and Pharmacology Research Methods courses to graduate students. I offer research-based courses to undergraduate students.