VCU Molecular Biology and Genetics

Phillip M. Gerk
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics

Degree: Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Research Interest:  The first line of fetal defense against foreign or toxic compounds includes ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) transporters, which use ATP to pump substances out of the placenta. Data are lacking regarding how the protective functions of the placenta are altered in various conditions in pregnancy. The goal of this research is to optimize maternal and fetal exposure to various compounds by understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in their disposition.
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